RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Energy and the Library of Virginia commemorated the leadership and achievements of seven outstanding African-Americans during the sixth annual "Strong Men & Women in Virginia History" awards program held Feb. 7 at the Richmond Marriott. The program honors prominent African-Americans past and present who have made noteworthy and admirable contributions to the commonwealth.
"For the young men or women who aspire to be leaders in any chosen field, this year's honorees provide strong examples of what it means to make positive and lasting impacts on society," said Mark Webb, senior vice president, Corporate Affairs and chief legal officer, Dominion Energy. "We're honored to acknowledge these individuals for all they achieved and all they have done to make life better for others."
"The Library of Virginia is proud to partner with Dominion Energy in recognizing the accomplishments of African American Virginians from the past through the present day whose efforts have enriched both our commonwealth and our nation," said Dr. Sandra G. Treadway, Librarian of Virginia. "The seven honorees in the 2018 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History program have remarkable life stories and serve as powerful role models for the rising generation – and indeed for us all."
This year's honorees made great advances in the fields of medicine, education, sports, physics, law and civil rights:
- Dana Olden Baldwin* Physician & Entrepreneur, Martinsville
- Warren Wesley Buck III Physicist & Educator, Hampton
- Mavis Claytor-Ford Nurse & Administrator, Salem
- Calvin Coolidge Green* Civil Rights Activist & Educator, New Kent
- Edwin Bancroft HendersonBasketball Pioneer & Civil Rights Activist, Falls Church
- Angela Edwards Roberts Judge & Youth Advocate, Richmond
- Marguerite Bailey Young Educator & Healthcare Advocate, Fredericksburg
Four high school student essay winners were also recognized during the ceremony. Each wrote essays, selected from nearly 300 entries, about the struggles they faced in their day-to-day lives.
The winners of the 2018 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History student essay writing contest:
- Kallie Berry Gate City High School, Gate City
- McKenzie Bryant Maury High School, Norfolk
- Angie Muguruza West Potomac High School, Alexandria
- Rashad Seaborne Maggie Walker Governor's School, Richmond
Each student will receive an Apple MacBook Air laptop and $1,000 for their school.
About Dominion Energy
Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy. The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion Energy. The foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education and encourage community vitality. For more information, visit the company's website at www.dominionenergy.com
About the Library of Virginia
The Library of Virginia (www.lva.virginia.gov), located in historic downtown Richmond, holds the world's most extensive collection of material about the Old Dominion and has been a steward of the commonwealth's documentary and printed heritage since 1823. The story of Virginia and Virginians has been told in many ways since 1607. At the Library of Virginia it is told through more than 119 million manuscripts and nearly 2.5 million books, serials, bound periodicals, microfilm reels, newspapers and state and federal documents, each an individual tile in the vast and colorful mosaic of Virginia's experience.
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