Alexandria resident and lawyer Ludwig P. Gaines, Hobart Class of 1988, was honored as one of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area's 2002 Unsung Heroes. Gaines was selected an Unsung Hero “for his outstanding contribution and dedicated service to his community” at an afternoon luncheon awards ceremony sponsored by WBDC-TV (WB50) and its parent company, the Tribune Company. Gaines, one of eight Unsung Heroes so honored, was the only honoree from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Featured in the April 26, 2001, Alexandria Gazette Packet profile “A Life Built on Discipline, Dedication: Ludwig Gaines Making an Impact in City,” Gaines was selected by the Tribune Co. and WBDC-TV for his impressive, inspiring and numerous community service accomplishments and charitable endeavors. These include past and present service on a host of City, non-profit and community boards, commissions and organizations such as the City's Planning Commission, Human Rights Commission, DASH/Alexandria Transit Board of Directors, Alexandria United Way Executive Committee, Alexandria INOVA Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, Alexandria NAACP Executive Committee, and the Alexandria Branch of the National Junior Tennis League (NJTL), among others, including the Alfred Street Baptist Church Lawyers' Committee.
Gaines, a graduate of the Howard University School of Law, was also recognized for his successful pro bono service to local community groups the Coalition to Save the Burke Branch Library and the Friends of the Freedmen's Cemetery, on whose board he also sits.