Rev. Dr. William J. Barber will receive the $100,000 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship on Dec. 8 at The Nation Institute’s Annual Gala Dinner. Photo Credit: callenharty via Flickr

Barber nets prize

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II will be the recipient of the annual $100,000 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship on Dec. 8 at The Nation Institute’s Annual Gala Dinner at The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St.

Barber is president of the North Carolina NAACP and has been an ally to the LGBT community in years past. He has even taken a public stand for LGBT rights and inclusivity.

The award honors work that challenges the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative and socially-responsible work of significance.

“Reverend Barber is a leader in the fight for true equality for all and a more peaceful world. His efforts to organize everyday citizens and create a movement to fight discriminatory laws are a true example of creative citizenship,” said Puffin Foundation President Perry Rosenstein.


Service day approaches

WORLDWIDE — Giving Tuesday will be held on Dec. 1 where individuals throughout the globe spend a day dedicated to community and philanthropy.

Using a social media motif, #GivingTuesday, the event was created in New York, N.Y., in 1874 and has been bringing those from all walks of life to engage in service and giving back. It does this by connecting diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.

Tools and other resources are available online for those who wish to engage in the initiative.

Metropolitan Community Churches has joined the cause and is encouraging its members to join in support of it.

In Charlotte, Share Charlotte has created a website where volunteers and donors can give of themselves or their monetary resources.

Sign up can be facilitated online for the global effort for those who wish to join in. Also, check with local LGBT- and LGBT-friendly organizations and businesses to see if they have created a plan. Or, simply ask one to jump in.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at and 704-531-9988,...