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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History 2019

Kwame Alexander

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Kwame Alexander believes in the power of poetry to engage young readers in language and literature.

Lawrence A. Davies

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

Fannie W. Fitzgerald

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Fannie W. Fitzgerald pioneered the integration of Prince William County Schools amid her 35-year career as an educator in Virginia schools.

Deanna Reed

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The first African-American woman to serve as mayor of Harrisonburg, Deanna Reed also mentors community youth through leadership programs she has…

William T. Stone

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A revered civic leader and successful businessman, William T. Stone was the first African-American judge in Williamsburg.

Gladys B. West

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A pioneer in mathematics, Gladys B. West was an instrumental hidden figure in the development of the modern Global Positioning System.

Andrew J. White Sr.

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Throughout his career as a Baptist minister, Reverend Andrew J. White Sr. has championed education, health care, and community service.