Meet Virginia’s Black History Month Heroes

In honor and celebration of Black History Month, we thought we’d throw in a little mid-week tribute to some of our favorite African American Virginians.

Annonymous There are many, many more than listed here–some who’ve done remarkable things without media attention or remembrance in history books. Our respect goes first and foremost to these unsung heros

Arthur Ashe (Richmond): Tennis player who was only black man to win Wimbledon and the US Open. Civil Rights Leader. AIDS Activist.

Booker T. Washington (Franklin County & Hampton): Born into slavery, to later become a teacher and founder of the Tuskegee Institute. Civil Rights pioneer. Author.

Ella Fitzgerald (Newport News): Singer and Dancer. Winner of 13 Grammy Awards.

L. Douglas Wilder (Richmond): Governor of Virginia. First African American to be a Governor in the United States.

Missy Elliott (Portsmouth): Rapper and Record Producer. Winner of 5 Grammy Awards. Record holder of most Platinum Albums by a Female Rapper (6).

Pharrell Williams (Virginia Beach): Rapper, Singer and Record Producer. Fashion Designer. Winner of 3 Grammy Awards.

For even more amazing stories on Virginia’s most prominent African-Americans, check out the state’s list here.


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