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44 Governors A. Linwood Holton Jr. and L. Douglas Wilder were awarded the Virginia Bar Association's most cele- brated prize at its annual winter meeting on January 24 in Williamsburg. Holton was honored for his role in drastically changing Virginia for the better by mov- ing the commonwealth away from segre- gation and its shameful maltreatment of people of color, which had been in effect since the days of slavery. Wilder was hon- ored for his contributions as a civil rights activist, the first non-white member of the Virginia Senate since Reconstruction, and the first governor of color in the the state. The accolades, which preceded the VBA's bestowing of its Gerald L. Baliles Distinguished Service Award on the two former governors, were presented by Governor Baliles. VIRGINIA LAWYER | April 2014 | Vol. 62 | GENERAL INTEREST FEATURES Governors Recognized for Historic Contributions by Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr. Former Governors L. Douglas Wilder and A. Linwood Holton Jr. received The Virginia Bar Association's Gerald L. Baliles Distinguished Service Award from Governor Baliles during the VBA's 124th annual meeting on January 24. To view of a video of Baliles's remarks, go to Photo credit: The Virginia Bar Association April2014VL_vl0414 4/3/14 11:22 AM Page 44

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