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2016 Frank Porter Graham Award Recipient: Bob Hall

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Since 1968, the ACLU of North Carolina has recognized North Carolinians who have given a lifetime of extraordinary service in defense of civil liberties with our annual Frank Porter Graham Award.

This year we are proud to bestow that honor on Bob Hall, a longtime champion of voting rights and expanded voter participation in North Carolina. Make your reservations to the 2016 Liberty Awards or become a sponsor today!

Bob has worked with grassroots groups across the South since the 1960s, collaborating on wide range of social justice causes. As executive director of Democracy North Carolina, Bob has been a tireless advocate for free and fair elections, playing a key role in bringing same-day registration to North Carolina and working against the many voter suppression laws that have been passed in our state in recent years. He has provided expert testimony in court cases, consulted with officials in a dozen states on voting rights, and was the founding editor of the magazine Southern Exposure, where he worked for 25 years.


In North Carolina and across the country, a woman's right to access safe and legal abortion has been under unprecedented attack. But last year, one of the more intrusive assaults on reproductive freedom was defeated once and for all in North Carolina, thanks to a group of abortion providers who volunteered to serve as plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and other groups.

In recognition of their efforts, we are proud to honor the plaintiffs in Stuart et al. v. Camnitz with the 2016 ACLU-NC Award for extraordinary contributions to the fight for civil liberties in North Carolina.

Join us as we honor these courageous medical professionals at the 2016 Liberty Awards Dinner in Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 2.


The ACLU of North Carolina's Liberty Awards on April 2 is our annual opportunity to recognize exemplary individuals and organizations for their work to promote civil liberties in North Carolina. We're so excited to announce that our first award recipient is Southerners on New Ground (SONG), who we'll present with the 2016 Sharon Thompson Award, for extraordinary efforts to advance equality for the LGBTQ community.

SONG is a regional queer liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town people, and LGBTQ people in the South.  The organization uses community organizing to build collective power, transform the South, and build freedom movements rooted in southern traditions. Its work strives to bring together marginalized communities to work toward justice and liberation for all people.

SONG has worked alongside the ACLU-NC on many campaigns for equality, and we're thrilled to present them with this year's Sharon Thompson Award.


We're excited to announce that Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, will be the keynote speaker at our 2016 Liberty Awards Dinner in Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 2, where we'll recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the cause of civil liberties in North Carolina. Dale supervises the ACLU's voting rights litigation nationwide, with active cases in over a dozen states throughout the country, including the ACLU’s challenge to North Carolina’s 2013 voter suppression law that reduces early voting and eliminates same-day registration.

You can nominate a deserving group, organization or individual for the annual Frank Porter Graham Award and other honors by filling out our online nomination form.

2016 Liberty Awards Dinner: Protecting Democracy
Featuring the Annual Frank Porter Graham Award and Keynote Speaker Dale Ho
Saturday, April 2 at 5 p.m.
William and Ida Friday Center
100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC
RSVP today!