Dominion Virginia Power, Library of Virginia Join Programs To Honor
African-American 'Strong Men & Women'
- New program named 'Strong Men & Women in Virginia History'
- Awards ceremony to be held 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Richmond Marriott
RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 28, 2013
RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Dominion Virginia Power and the
Library of Virginia have launched a new educational initiative that merges
Dominion's "Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership" series with the
library's "African Trailblazers in Virginia History" initiative. The new
program is named "Strong Men & Women in Virginia History."
The program will continue to honor the leadership of prominent African
Americans, but beginning this year, it will focus on those African Americans –
past and present – whose accomplishments have made significant contributions
to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
"It seemed natural and practical to meld the Library of Virginia's African
American Trailblazers in Virginia History with Dominion's longstanding Strong
Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership" series," said Librarian of Virginia
Sandra G. Treadway. "This partnership is a win-win, not only for the Library
and Dominion, but also for Virginia's citizens and anyone interested in
learning about African Americans – past and present – who have made
significant contributions to the Commonwealth of Virginia, our nation, and the
"We are honored to partner with the esteemed Library of Virginia to recognize
and honor African Americans who have had an impact on the commonwealth's
history," said Paul D. Koonce, chief executive officer of Dominion Virginia
Power. "Combining the two programs offers outstanding opportunities to
highlight the accomplishments of both historical and contemporary men and
An awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Richmond Marriott
The 2013 honorees are:
oBrigadier General Gwen Bingham – first female Quartermaster General &
Commandant of the U.S. Army Quartermaster School, Fort Lee
oPeter Jacob Carter* – House of Delegates -1871, Accomack
oJennie Serepta Dean* – established Manassas Industrial School-1894,
oNannie B. Hairston – Civil Rights activist, Christiansburg
oRobert Russa Moton* – educator and founder of the Negro Organization
Society of Virginia-1912, Prince Edward County
oXavier R. Richardson – founder and director of The Partnership for
Academic Excellence, Fredericksburg
oRobert L. Satcher Jr., M.D, Ph.D. – astronaut and first orthopedic surgeon
in space, Hampton
oReverend Wyatt Tee Walker – Civil Rights activist, author, religious
leader, Chesterfield *deceased
High school students in Virginia participated in the Strong Men & Women in
Virginia History student essay writing contest, in which they wrote about
their development as a leader and their contributions to their communities.
The winners, also being honored Jan. 30, each will receive a laptop, and their
schools each will receive a $1,000 cash award.
The essay winners are:
oJohn Roakes – Hanover High School, Hanover County
oMichelle Graham – Windsor High School, Isle of Wight County
oDonovan McLaurine – Courtland High School, Spotsylvania County
oDaroon Jalil – Turner Ashby High School, Rockingham County
Dominion's website, www.dom.com, search: 'strong' will maintain its past
information on the Excellence in Leadership series with a new link to the
Library of Virginia's website, http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/smw/.
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