Alicia Inez Bowler Lugo

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Alicia Bowler Lugo (September 21, 1941 – December 21, 2011) was longtime Charlottesville educator, community leader, and child advocate. Lugo attended Charlottesville schools during segregation and then graduated from Hampton University. She returned to Charlottesville, where she taught and then served eleven years on the Charlottesville City School Board, including five years as board chair.[1]

Lugo was an African-American teacher and civil rights activist known for helping create TeenSight, a program for teen mothers as part of the FOCUS Women's Resource Center. [2]

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Lugo taught Charlottesville schools the same time the schools desegregated and just after African-American neighborhoods were razed during the 1960s-era urban renewal. She served 11 years on the City School Board, including five years as chairwoman. She was also highly involved with numerous local nonprofits. She died December 21, 2011.[3]

The Lugo-McGinness Academy is named in her honor.[4] [5]


Lugo was born on September 21, 1941 in Charlottesville. She took her middle name from her mother, Inez Bowler. She was a student at Jackson P. Burley High School when it was segregated and received a degree from Hampton University. [2]

Lugo became a teacher and served 11 years on the Charlottesville School Board. She also spent several years running a neighborhood store. [citation needed]

During the 1970s, Lugo was the executive director of the Opportunities Industrialization Council in Charlottesville, which aimed to train low-income individuals for jobs through GED programs and apprenticeships. In 1974, she created "OIC Outreach" to target rural area's surrounding charlottesville, like Madison and Orange counties.[6]

She served on several boards including the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center, Habitat for Humanity, Piedmont Virginia Community College, the Region 10 Mental Health Board, Planned Parenthood of the Piedmont, the AIDS/ HIV Services Group, the Quality Community Council and Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority.


  1. Web. Lugo-McGinness Academy, Charlottesville City Schools, retrieved May 29, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. McKenzie: Lugo remembered for her passion, dedication, Bryan McKenzie, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 30, 2011, retrieved December 22, 2011.
  3. Web. McKenzie: Lugo remembered for her passion, dedication, Bryan McKenzie, The Daily Progress, December 30, 2011, retrieved December 12, 2014.
  4. Web. Local academy provides alternative for at-risk youth, Lacey Naff, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 17, 2014, retrieved December 12, 2014.
  5. Web. Lugo-McGinness Academy opens, The Daily Progress, December 11, 2014, retrieved December 12, 2014.
  6. Web. A remembrance: Alicia Bowler Lugo, Kay Slaughter, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, January 2, 2012, retrieved January 18, 2012. Print. January 5, 2012 , 1101,  page 39.

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