Awards

June 30, 2013

Darrel has been a champion of civil rights and equal opportunity her entire forty year professional career. After receiving a master's degree in higher education administration in 1973, she was part of the first Equal Employment Opportunity Office at Virginia Tech. In that capacity, she wrote Tech's first Affirmative Action Plan in the mid 1970s after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was made applicable to higher education institutions by the 1972 amendments to that Act.

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June 30, 2012

Clarence M. Dunnaville, Jr., was born during the Great Depression in the city of Roanoke, Virginia and grew up during the Jim Crow era. He fought segregation as a child by refusing to use segregated toilets or to sit in the back of the bus. Determined to escape segregation, he excelled at school, skipped two grades and graduated from Lucy Addison High School in Roanoke when he was just 16. Upon graduating from High School, Dunnaville left his ancestral home in Southwest Virginia to attend college as far north as his limited funds would take him to escape segregation. He made it to Baltimore, Maryland where he attended Morgan State College. During college he was a civil rights activist and picketed segregated theaters and participated in numerous student demonstrations and sit-ins that opened lunch counters to black citizens in Baltimore, years before the North Carolina sit-ins which are generally recognized, for having been the first protests of this type.

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