McAuliffe Receives Swanson Courage Award for Voting Rights Decision

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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was in Charlottesville Sunday to accept an award for his decision to restore voting rights to thousands of felons.

McAuliffe is the second recipient of the Swanson Courage Award for Civil Rights.

The ceremony at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library honored the civil rights trailblazer Gregory Swanson and those who exemplify his character.

"In order to recognize those who have shown the courage that Gregory Swanson showed in desegregating the University of Virginia in 1950 and by filing suit in order to get in," said Evans Hopkins of the Swanson Legacy Committee.

The Swanson Legacy Committee also honored Virginia State Senator Donald McEachin, Delegate Jennifer McClellan, and Eugene and Lorraine Williams with courage awards.