Virginia Changemakers
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Amaza Lee Meredith broke through racial and gender barriers in architecture and artistic design.
Lynchburg and Petersburg

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As founder and artistic director of the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Ana Ines King shares Latin American dance and culture with students and audiences across Virginia.
Recipient of the VABPW Foundation Business Leadership Award

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An advocate for civil rights, Anne Spencer was also a noted poet of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Harlem Renaissance poet Anne B. Spencer was also an advocate for the civil rights of African Americans.

Acclaimed novelist and writer Barbara Kingsolver addresses issues of social justice, the environment, and human rights through her fiction and nonfiction.
Washington County

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Bessie Niemeyer Marshall created detailed watercolors of plants as part of a federally funded project that rescued a Petersburg park.

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An enslaved man, Blind Billy was a renowned Lynchburg fifer.

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An acclaimed lyric soprano and the first African American to receive a contract from a major American opera company, Camilla Ella Williams was a pioneer for black artists in classical music.

An accomplished artist and musician, Christine Herter Kendall cofounded the Garth Newel Music Center in Bath County.
Bath County

Claudia Emerson received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and is Virginia's poet laureate.
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