Virginia Changemakers
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  • Tags: Civil Rights and Reform

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Social reformer Lila Meade Valentine was a founder and president of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia.

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Businesswoman and community activist Maggie Walker was the first African American woman to charter and serve as president of a bank.

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Thomasina E. Jordan, also known as "Red Hawk Woman," was a passionate advocate for American Indians throughout her life.

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

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

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

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Best-selling author Mary Johnston was a leader in the fight for woman suffrage in Virginia.

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As a high school student in Farmville, Barbara Johns challenged school segregation.
Prince Edward County

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Tennis champion Arthur Ashe was an advocate for human dignity around the world.

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Esther Cooper fought for improved educational opportunities for African American students in Arlington County.
Arlington County
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