The Library of Virginia, in collaboration with Dominion, presents the 2018 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History. This program highlights eight African American leaders and their achievements.

For information on past honorees (Trailblazers and Strong Men & Women), use the following links: African American Trailblazers and Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership series. Visit our research guide for digital resources on African American History sites.

Dana Olden BaldwinDana Olden Baldwin
(March 20, 1881–November 9, 1972)
Physician and Entrepreneur
Martinsville
Dana Olden Baldwin was a community physician whose entrepreneurial spirit created a thriving African-American business district in Martinsville.

Warren Wesley BuckWarren Wesley Buck III
(1946–)
Physicist and Educator
Hampton
Nationally recognized physicist Warren Wesley Buck III helped create Hampton University’s doctoral program in physics and works to attract a diverse student population to the field.

Mavis Claytor–FordMavis Claytor–Ford
(1943–)
Nurse and Administrator
Salem
The first African American to earn a nursing degree from the University of Virginia, Mavis Claytor–Ford focused on geriatric care during her 30-year career at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Calvin Coolidge GreenCalvin Coolidge Green
(July 19, 1931–February 10, 2011)
Civil Rights Activist and Educator
New Kent County
A schoolteacher and military veteran, Calvin C. Green filed a lawsuit in 1965 to compel New Kent County to desegregate its public schools.

Edwin Bancroft HendersonEdwin Bancroft Henderson
(November 24, 1883–February 3, 1977)
Basketball Pioneer and Civil Rights Activist
Fairfax County
Educator, activist, and basketball pioneer Edwin B. Henderson dedicated his life to serving the African-American community through sports in education and fighting racial discrimination.

Angela Edwards RobertsAngela Edwards Roberts
(1953–)
Judge and Youth Advocate
Richmond
As a judge in Richmond’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Angela Edwards Roberts has been a forceful advocate for vulnerable youth and families within the criminal justice system.

Marguerite Bailey YoungMarguerite Bailey Young
(1928–)
Educator and Health Care Advocate
Fredericksburg
Marguerite B. Young has dedicated her life to education, community service, and accessible health care.