Virginia Changemakers
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The first Black woman to earn a dental degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Erma L. Freeman strives to increase diversity in the dental profession.
Mecklenburg County

In a lifetime of dedicated service to the Bristol community, Sheriff Tyrone Foster has worked to ensure the safety and protection of all citizens.

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Evelyn Reid Syphax served the needs of her community as an educator, businesswoman, and local historian.
Arlington County

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As a community activist, entrepreneur, and state senator, L. Louise Lucas has been a tireless advocate for residents of southeastern Virginia.

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A dedicated physician, businesswoman, and community health advocate, Dr. Lerla G. Joseph provides high-quality, value-based health care to underserved populations in central Virginia.

Through his work in the ministry and as a community activist, Rev. Stan Maclin embraced diversity and inclusion and empowered others to work for racial justice.

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Krysta Jones is passionate about encouraging and empowering others to make a difference in their communities, state, and nation.
Arlington County

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

Super Bowl champion Torrey Smith has used his academic and athletic success to establish community programs that inspire and assist youth in achieving their educational goals.
Westmoreland County

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The first African American elected mayor of Fredericksburg, Reverend Lawrence A. Davies has devoted his life to serving his community.
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