Maggie L. Walker; and
The student will describe the stories of influential people in the history of Virginia and their contributions to our Commonwealth, with emphasis on
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Arthur R. Ashe, Jr., was the first African American winner of a major men’s tennis singles championship. He was also an author and eloquent spokesperson for social change.
Maggie L. Walker was the first African American woman in the United States to establish a bank and become a bank president.
Harry F. Byrd, Sr., as governor of Virginia, was known for a “pay-as-you-go” policy for road improvements, and he modernized Virginia state government.
Oliver W. Hill, Sr., a lawyer and civil rights leader, worked for equal rights of African Americans. He played a key role in the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
L. Douglas Wilder, as governor of Virginia, was the first African American to be elected a state governor in the United States.