July 3, 2020
Surrounded by grandchildren Lucien, Skylar and Micah Smith, Circuit Court Judge Nolan Dawkins waves to well-wishers during a surprise drive-by retirement celebration June 26.
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Nolan Dawkins grew up at a time when Alexandria segregated everything from water fountains to public schools. But he was determined to make a difference, becoming one of seven individuals to integrate George Washington High School in the 1960s, then distinguishing himself as an officer in Vietnam.