RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Virginia Power and the Library of Virginia celebrated the leadership and accomplishments of eight outstanding African Americans during the second annual "Strong Men & Women in Virginia History" awards program held Wednesday at the Richmond Marriott.
The program honors prominent African Americans, past and present, who have made significant contributions to the Commonwealth.
"It is only fitting that we honor and showcase the achievements of these exceptional men and women during Black History month," said Robert M. Blue, president of Dominion Virginia Power. "These honorees have demonstrated a drive to excel and achieve great things during their lifetimes – and we are all the better for it."
"Each year, I am awestruck and humbled by the stories of the men and women who are honored through the Strong Men & Women in Virginia History program," said Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway. "Their lives and accomplishments have made a difference in our world and are an inspiration to us all."The following honorees were recognized:
- James Heyward Blackwell* – educator, Richmond
- The Honorable William D. "Bill" Euille – first African-American mayor of Alexandria
- Mary Alice Hatwood Futrell, Ed.D. – educator and organization leader, Lynchburg
- Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly* – seamstress and author, Dinwiddie
- Olivia Ferguson McQueen – civil rights pioneer, Charlottesville
- John Mitchell, Jr.* – newspaper editor, Richmond
- The Honorable James R. Spencer – first African-American federal judge of Virginia, Richmond
- Marcellus "Boo" Williams, Jr. – youth sports mentor, Hampton