Quinton Harper studied journalism and political science at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for his service and leadership in the National Black AIDS Mobilization Movement. As a political organizer and AIDS activist, Quinton has inspired and mobilized communities at the national, state and local level. Quinton considers himself to be cheerleader for justice, a visionary, an activist, an advocate and an organizer. As an AIDS activist, Quinton has been a leader in the fight to end AIDS in the Black community, and most recently worked as community organizer for the North Carolina AIDS Action Network. Quinton has done work in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and in the South. As a political organizer, Quinton served as communications director for a successful North Carolina state senate campaign (2008). In 2012, as an emerging leader in the fight for LGBT equality, Quinton worked as field organizer with the Durham, N.C., Coalition to Protect N.C. Families AGAINST Amendment One; and he helped pioneer an advocacy project with Blueprint NC. Quinton is a published journalist, has lived in Carrboro for six years, and sits on the Board of Directors for the local Orange Water and Sewer Authority. His heroes are the angelic troublemakers Bayard Rustin, Pauli Murray, and his late aunt, Minnie Harper. Quinton enjoys reading historical biographies, writing poetry, and playing with his dog, Nala. He is a self-described “foodie” and music junkie.
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