Dr. Virgie Binford
Dr. Virgie M. Binford was a longtime Richmond Educator and Community Leader. She was a graduate of Virginia State University, where she received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Elementary Education. Dr. Binford earned her Doctor of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from Virginia Tech and furthered her education at the University of Virginia. She also studied internationally in Africa, Asia, and Europe. She earned her Ph.D. from New Hope Bible Crusade College and Seminary in Baltimore, Md.
Dr. Binford was a 37 year veteran of Richmond Public Schools where she had been a teacher, supervisor, and director of various early childhood and elementary education programs. She served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at Virginia Union University and in a similar role at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College. She has also worked for Department of Education in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
She was a longtime supporter of many worthy civic, charitable, and educational organizations, including the Virginia Commonwealth Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women; the National Council on Self-Esteem; Pi Lambda Theta, an education honor society; the NAACP; the United Way of Greater Richmond and the American Red Cross. She was also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Dr. Binford is the author of many motivational books, including, Helping them Succeed by Meeting Their Needs and Are You Famous? I Want to Be Just Like You!
In the fall of 1996, she was honored for her years of volunteer service to the juvenile courts system by having the education wing of the Oliver W. Hill Juvenile Courts Building, in Richmond, VA, named after her.