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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History 2016

Michael Robinson

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A success in the classroom and on the gridiron, Super Bowl champion Michael Robinson encourages students to strive academically and participate in…

Melody C. Barnes

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Fulfilling her passion for public service, Melody C. Barnes has been working to shape domestic policy in Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years.

Anne B. Spencer

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Harlem Renaissance poet Anne B. Spencer was also an advocate for the civil rights of African Americans.

Claude Grandford Perkins

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Appointed the 12th president of Virginia Union University in 2009, Claude Grandford Perkins has worked tirelessly to expand the school's horizons and…

Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr.


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

Thomas Cannon Sr.

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A postal worker who lived frugally, Thomas Cannon Sr. was a philanthropist who gave away more than $156,000 during his lifetime.

Mamie Evelyn Locke

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Mamie Evelyn Locke was the first African-American woman elected mayor of Hampton and the third African-American woman elected to the Senate of…

Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr.

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A respected lawyer and jurist, Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. was the first African American to serve as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia.