Virginia Changemakers
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Willie Lanier.jpg
Willie Lanier broke through racial barriers in professional football by becoming the first African American to play middle linebacker, the position that directs the defense on the field.
Richmond

Ann Compton.jpg
An award-winning journalist, Ann Compton broke new ground as the first woman White House correspondent for a national news organization.
Roanoke

John Mitchell.jpg
As editor of the Richmond Planet, John Mitchell Jr., fought against racism and for African American advancement in politics, business, and education.
Richmond

Boo Williams 2 .jpg
Marcellus Spencer “Boo” Williams, Jr., created a nationally known summer youth basketball program and led the way in developing a state-of-the-art community sports facility in Hampton.
Hampton

Deborah Ryan.jpg
Debbie Ryan turned the University of Virginia women's basketball team into a national power and currently campaigns for research into pancreatic cancer.
Albemarle County

Earl Francis Lloyd.jpg
Earl Lloyd was the first African American to play in the NBA and the league’s first African-American assistant coach.
Alexandria

Alonzo Harding Mourning.jpg
Hall of Fame basketball player Alonzo Mourning Jr. is a champion of charitable causes and persevered against kidney disease.
Chesapeake

Michael Robinson .jpg
A success in the classroom and on the gridiron, Super Bowl champion Michael Robinson encourages students to strive academically and participate in community service.
Richmond

Elizabeth Lee Masters.jpg
A trailblazer for women in the field of photojournalism, Betty Masters was the first female photographer hired by the Roanoke Times.
Salem

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After a decorated career as a military and commercial pilot, William E. Bailey continues to work for increased diversity in the aviation profession and to expand educational opportunities for African Americans.
Accomack County
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