Samuel Tucker was a black attorney who routinely challenged Virginia's Jim Crow laws. He is best known for organizing the 1939 Alexandria Library sit-in protest to desegregate the facility. After WWII, he was an attorney for the NAACP.
Sixteen year old Barbara Johns persuaded 450 students to walk out of Moton High School in Farmville until a new school was built for black students. Later the case became part of Brown v. Board of Education.