Events

Awards Program

Dominion Resources and the Library of Virginia commemorated the leadership and accomplishments of eight outstanding African Americans during the fourth annual "Strong Men & Women in Virginia History" awards program on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at the Richmond Marriott. Watch a video overview of the evening here.

2016 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History honorees and student winners with Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Left to right: (standing) 2016 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History honorees and family representative – Dr. Claude G. Perkins, Shaun Spencer-Hester, representing her grandmother, honoree Anne Bethel Spencer (posthumously); Melody C. Barnes; Clarence M. Dunnaville, Jr.; Governor Terry McAuliffe; Linda G. Hassell, representing her husband, honoree Chief Justice Leroy Hassell, Sr. (posthumously); Thomas Cannon, Jr., representing his father, honoree Thomas Cannon, Sr. (posthumously); (sitting) Northern Region essay winner – Savannah Frye – Westfield High School, Chantilly, VA; Eastern Region essay winner – Sohilia Elziny – Woodside High School, Newport News, VA; Western Region essay winner – Katy Richardson – Gate City High School, Scott County; and Central Region essay winner – Samuel Adu–Gyamfi – Highland Springs High School, Henrico County, VA. Not pictured are honorees Mamie Evelyn Locke and Michael Robinson. Robinson was unable to attend but accepted his award by video.

2016 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History student essay winners with the Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.Left to right: Northern Region essay winner - Savannah Frye – Westfield High School, Chantilly, VA; Eastern Region essay winner - Sohilia Elziny – Woodside High School, Newport News, VA; Governor Terry McAuliffe; Western Region essay winner - Katy Richardson – Gate City High School, Scott County; and Central Region essay winner - Samuel Adu-Gyamfi – Highland Springs High School, Henrico County, VA.