Suffolk Scientist and Student Honor by Dominion Resources

As part of Black History Month, seven outstanding African-Americans were honored during the 5th annual “Strong Me & Women in Black History” awards.

The program honors prominent African-Americans, past and present, who have made significant contributions to the Commonwealth.

The awards were presented by Dominion Resources and the Library of Virginia. Dominion Resources is the parent company of Dominion Virginia Power and sponsor of the annual series.

The following honorees were recognized:

  • William E. Bailey – aviation pioneer and philanthropist, Accomac
  • Charles Spurgeon Johnson* – sociologist, author and educator, Bristol
  • The Honorable Benjamin J. Lambert III* – optometrist and legislator, Richmond
  • The Honorable Mary Bennett Malveaux – judge –Virginia Court of Appeals, Henrico
  • Leonard “Doc” Muse – pharmacist and community leader, Arlington
  • Stephanie T. Rochon-Moten* – news anchor and cancer awareness advocate, Richmond
  • Margaret Ellen Mayo Tolbert, Ph.D. – scientist, educator and author, Suffolk
    Posthumous honor

Four high school students also were recognized during the ceremony. Each wrote winning essays, selected from nearly 200 entries, about the importance of helping others.

The winners of the 2017 “Strong Men & Women in Virginia History” student essay writing contest are:

  • Meenakshi Balan Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Fairfax County
  • Hunter Davis – Gate City High School, Scott County
  • Indya Gipson – Nansemond River High School, Suffolk County
  • Grace Lu – Douglas S. Freeman High School, Henrico County

Each student received an Apple MacBook Air laptop and $1,000 for their school. Winning essays and program details, as well as photos and videos of the event are posted on