Loudoun seating its first African American judge and the county helping elect the first African American vice president of the U.S. are among the moments the Board of Supervisors are highlighting for Black History Month.
On Feb. 2, the board recognized several trailblazers and groups as part of a month-long celebration to honor the achievements of Black people.
Lorrie A. Sinclair Taylor was recognized for her judgeship appointment by the Virginia General Assembly in 2020. She told the Times-Mirror last March that she hopes her diverse background and professional persistence will inspire young people to follow their dreams.
Also honored was Bernard Mustafa, who has been named chairman of Loudoun’s Economic Development Authority (EDA), and Chauvon McFadden, who been tapped vice chairman of the EDA, which promote business growth and offer opportunities for businesses to thrive in Loudoun.
Nine-year-old Bellen Woodard of Leesburg was honored for being named an Incredible Kid by TIME Magazine and Top 5 finalist for TIME’s Kid of the Year.
Woodard created her own brand of multicultural crayons—named More than Peach — to reflect diverse skin tones that were missing from traditional sets. She has been featured on the covers of Scholastic, DynaMath, Scholastic StoryWorks, TIME and TIME for Kids Magazines.
The NAACP Loudoun Branch was recognized for its 80 years of service and advocacy in Loudoun.
The proclamation outlining the achievements of the trailblazers also recognized several groups for helping to increase voter turnout. The groups included the NAACP branch, members of the National PanHellenic Council (The Divine Nine), the Loudoun County Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, the Metropolitan Lodge No. 161 of the Free & Accepted Prince Hall Masons and African American Clergy in Loudoun.