Virginia Changemakers
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  • Tags: Civil Rights and Reform

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As a teenager, Edwilda Allen Isaac helped lead a walkout of students from R. R. Moton High School that contributed to ending school segregation in the United States.
Farmville

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Civil rights pioneer Olivia Ferguson McQueen successfully challenged school segregation in 1959, but did not receive her diploma for another fifty-four years.
Charlottesville

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A nationally celebrated Baptist minister, Wyatt Tee Walker was a pioneer in the Civil Rights movement.
Petersburg

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Early in the twentieth century, Robert Russa Moton was one of the foremost African American educators in the United States.
Hampton

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Charles Spurgeon Johnson battled racism early in the twentieth century as a preeminent sociologist, author, educator, and college president.
Bristol

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Activist Nannie Berger Hairston strives to make her community a better place.
Christiansburg

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Attorney and civil rights activist Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr. advocates equal justice and equal opportunities for all Americans.
Roanoke

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Social reformer Rosa Dixon Bowser was an advocate for civil rights and educational opportunities for African Americans.
Richmond

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In 1870 Anna Whitehead Bodeker founded the first woman suffrage association in Virginia.
Richmond

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Appalled by the violence of slavery and its effect on society, Mary Minor Blackford became a vocal anti-slavery supporter.
Fredericksburg
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