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Dominion Virginia Power, Library of Virginia Join Programs To Honor African-American 'Strong Men & Women'



     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

PR Newswire

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
world."

"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
women."

An awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Richmond Marriott
Hotel.

The 2013 honorees are:

  o Brigadier General Gwen Bingham – first female Quartermaster General &
    Commandant of the U.S. Army  Quartermaster School,  Fort Lee
  o Peter Jacob Carter* – House of Delegates -1871, Accomack
  o Jennie Serepta Dean* – established Manassas Industrial School-1894,
    Manassas
  o Nannie B. Hairston – Civil Rights activist, Christiansburg
  o Robert Russa Moton* – educator and founder of the Negro Organization
    Society of Virginia-1912, Prince Edward County
  o Xavier R. Richardson – founder and director of The Partnership  for
    Academic Excellence, Fredericksburg
  o Robert L. Satcher Jr., M.D, Ph.D. – astronaut and first orthopedic surgeon
    in space, Hampton
  o Reverend 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:

  o John Roakes – Hanover High School, Hanover County
  o Michelle Graham – Windsor High School, Isle of Wight County
  o Donovan McLaurine – Courtland High School, Spotsylvania County
  o Daroon 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/.

Dominion (NYSE: D) is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters
of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,400 megawatts of generation.
Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage system and serves
retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion,
visit the company's website at www.dom.com. 

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SOURCE Dominion Virginia Power

Website: http://www.dom.com
Contact: Daisy Pridgen, +1-804-771-6115, Daisy.Pridgen@dom.com; Le-Ha
Anderson, +1-703-796-9308, Le-Ha.Anderson@dom.com; Bonita B. Harris,
+1-757-857-2700, Bonita.B.Harris@dom.com
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