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PauliTalks: The Black Queer Ballot
September 22, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hosted by Des Gatewood and co-sponsored by DurmTalks and the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, PauliTalks is a welcoming, liberated virtual space that seeks to highlight local politics and community issues, all while uplifting the name, life, and legacy of our ancestor Pauli Murray.
For this series of PauliTalks events, we will focus on the topic: #allBlacklivesmatter. This panel will explore voting laws, the ballot, and the issues that impact Black Queers and Black Femmes.
This Community Conversation will be hosted by Desmera Gatewood of DurmTalks with guests Quinton Harper and Mandy Carter about voting laws, the ballot and issues that impact Black Queers and Black femmes.
Mandy Carter is a North Carolina-based black lesbian activist with a 53-year movement history of social, racial, and LGBTQ+ justice organizing. Her active participation in voter mobilization and voter participation includes her being a non-partisan Poll Worker for her Precinct in Durham, NC. A co-founder of the National Black Justice Coalition that advocates non-partisan civic engagement in partnership with the NAACP, the National Council of Negro Women, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Underscoring the importance of electoral politics in social change movements, Ms. Carter was one of the five national co-chairs of Obama LGBT Pride, the national LGBT infrastructure for U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s historic 2008 presidential campaign and win. She had done the hard work of organizing grassroots networks, especially people of color throughout the South. She is a former member of the Democratic National Committee’s Black Caucus and LGBT Caucus.
Quinton Harper studied journalism and political science at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for his service in the Black AIDS Movement. Quinton Harper is an HIV activist, voting rights advocate, community organizer, political campaigns manager, and public service leader. He led his first campaign at the age of 15 and has supported local grassroots leaders and candidates to turn their protests into politics for nearly 20 years. Currently, Quinton serves as the visionary and team-leader for Activate! IFC — a local voting and advocacy project. He also chairs the Affordable Housing Commission and serves on the Human Services Board in Carrboro, where he works to create access and make local government work for the people. Quinton received the North Carolina ACLU Champions of Liberty Award in 2017, and the Charlotte Powerhouse Project’s Power of One Award in 2016. His heroes are Bayard Rustin, Pauli Murray, and his late aunt, Minnie Harper.
Sponsored by the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice with support from a NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, www.nchumanities.org. Funding for NC CARES has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.