July 3, 2020
Nolan Dawkins, center, was one of the first African Americans to attend George Washington High School, where he was a standout basketball player along with teammate and eventual NBA player Skeeter Swift (kneeling at left).
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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.