Book: Bridge Builders of Nauck/Green Valley Past and Present
Virginia’s oldest African American community, the Nauck/Green Valley community, which dates back to 1844, is rich in history and abundant with bridge builders, both past and present, who have made local and national contributions while fighting for their right to experience a good quality of life. Bridge Builders of Nauck/Green Valley: Past and Present is a compilation of the stories, interviews, and biographies of African Americans who pursued and found success, despite the laws at the time that limited their access to everything from home loans to education. The perseverance of the pioneers of Nauck/Green Valley is alive through their accomplishments, triumphs, and achievements. Whether in their own words, the words of their loved ones, or through history books, Dr. Alfred O. Taylor, Jr’s labor of love seeks to memorialize the work these African Americans have achieved and the legacy they leave for future generations.
Said Taylor, “Ordinary Nauck/Green Valley residents surviving Jim Crow Laws, lacking financial backing, becoming economically independent, educating themselves and their children, fighting for freedom, and remembering from whence they came should be an inspiration to all to celebrate and continue sharing future, ordinary resident’s accomplishments.”
The book includes sections on:
- Business Owners
- Community Activists
- Lawyers and Politicians
- Military Officials
- Federal, State, and Local Government
Dr. Alfred O. Taylor Jr. was born and raised in Arlington County, Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Technical Teacher Training, a Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision of Adult Education, and a Doctorate of Education from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Administration of Higher Education. Taylor served as Assistant Dean for the College of Professional Studies (and was later named Acting Dean). Taylor retired from the University of the District of Columbia after thirty-one years of service. Taylor is still active in his community and religious community, serving as President of the Nauck Civic Association and as Chairman of the Deacon’s Ministry at the Macedonia Baptist Church, among many others.
- Paperback: 98 pages
- Publisher: Dorrance Publishing, 2015
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