Civil Rights Attorney /Activist
Samuel W. Tucker, born June 18, 1913, was an outstanding civil rights attorney and legal academic who began his civil rights involvement at the age of 14, when he and his brother refused to give up their seat on a street car in Alexandria to a white person. Tucker later organized a “sit-down strike” protest in 1939 at the Alexandria Public Library, which did not issue library cards to black residents. In 2000, Alexandria’s Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School was dedicated in his honor.
The Honorable Joseph Waddy served as an Adjunct Professor, Howard University’s Law School 1966-1967. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia March 4, 1967; he fought to end the discrimination practices of unions that excluded black railroad workers in the 1940s and 1950s. After a distinctive 40-year career of public service and fighting for civil rights, this distinguished Alexandrian died August, 1978.
Athlete / Attorney
Cathy Grimes Miller was an outstanding basketball player at T.C. Williams High School, who was named an All-District, All-Region, All-Metropolitan and All-American player. She was an Academic All-American while attending the University of Virginia (UVA). She was the first female player to have her jersey retired by UVA.