March at state capital

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Moral March on Raleigh and Historic Thousands on Jones Street will take place on Feb. 13, 10 a.m., with assembly at the corner of Wilmington and South Sts. near Shaw University (118 E South St.) at 8:30 a.m.

Participants will gather in mass near the State Capitol on Fayetteville St.

The event is sponsored by the North Carolina NAACP and was first held in 2007.


Org seeks staffer

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina AIDS Action Network (NCAAN) has announced that it is searching for candidates for its communications development coordinator post.

Primary responsibilities include development and implementation of communications strategies that support NCAAN’s advocacy mission and operational goals. This person reports to and works in partnership with the executive director to manage development efforts. More information is available online.

Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree, two to three years related work experience, possess strong attention to detail and ability to handle follow through, able to take initiative, set goals and meet benchmarks and milestones, as well as have strong written communication and interpersonal skills.

The job could be performed onsite or at a home base.

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In other news, NCAAN has plans to participate in AIDSWatch in Washington, D.C., from Feb. 29-March 1. Anyone who has a passion for HIV/AIDS advocacy is encouraged to attend.

Event participants are comprised of those living with HIV/AIDS and their allies. They will meet with members of Congress to educate them about issues with regard to HIV/AIDS, both nationally and in North Carolina.

Training will occur on Feb. 29, and meetings will be staged on Capitol Hill on March 1.

Registration is available online at


Heroes honored

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina has announced that it will hold its 2016 Liberty Awards Dinner, “Protecting Democracy,” on April 2, 5 p.m., at William and Ida Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Dr.

ALCU Voting Rights Project Director Dale Ho
ALCU Voting Rights Project Director Dale Ho

Dale Ho, director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project, will be the keynote speaker.

During the event, men and women will be honored with awards for helping to protect and advance civil liberties for all North Carolinians. Those awards are: Frank Porter Graham (significant contribution toward the advancement of civil liberties); ACLU of North Carolina (more finite and specifically targeted toward defining civil liberties); Paul Green (honors efforts by an individual or group to abolish or limit the death penalty in the state); Norman Smith (presented to someone who has volunteered extraordinary time and effort with the ACLU); and Sharon Thompson (given to an individual or group that has contributed large efforts toward advancing equal rights for LGBT individuals in North Carolina). Nominations closed on Dec. 11.

On Jan. 28, the ACLU announced that the first of it’s awardee would be Southerners on New Ground (SONG), who will receive the 2016 Sharon Thompson Award. More recipients will be shared as they are made available to qnotes.

Reservations are available online. Costs start at $100 per ticket.

Replacements, Ltd., serves as a title sponsor and constitutional champion.


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Lainey Millen

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