Virginia Changemakers
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  • Tags: Civil Rights and Reform

As a community activist for more than 30 years, Penny Franklin has been an advocate for the fair and respectful treatment of all people.
Montgomery County

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Fannie W. Fitzgerald pioneered the integration of Prince William County Schools amid her 35-year career as an educator in Virginia schools.
Prince William County

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Determined that her freedom was worth any hardship, Ona Judge escaped slavery and defied George Washington's attempts to retrieve her.
Fairfax County

Throughout her career, Lucy Randolph Mason championed social reforms and legislation to help Southern workers.

A native of Mexico, Isabel Castilloreceived an honorary doctorate from the University of San Francisco for her advocacy work on behalf of immigrants' rights.

A native of Kenya, PatienceKamauis a member of the staff at the University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

A native of China, Zhiyi (Joycee) Wang is a recipient of the Fairfax County 2018 Student Peace Award.

Educator, activist, and basketball pioneer Edwin B. Henderson dedicated his life to serving the African-American community through sports in education and fighting racial discrimination.
Fairfax County

A schoolteacher and military veteran, Calvin C. Green filed a lawsuit in 1965 to compel New Kent County to desegregate its public schools.
New Kent County

Award-winning educator and blues musician Gaye Adegbalola celebrates diversity and strives to empower others through her music.
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