Every year the NC Justice Center comes together to celebrate the inspirational work of outstanding leaders in our community who are leading the fight for justice. These few exemplify our mission — they are working to eliminate poverty in North Carolina, ensure the creation of an economy that works for everyone, and advance progressive and inclusive policies proven to advance equity and opportunity.


Policy Research & Advocacy
Marge Foreman, NCAE

Grassroots Empowerment
Patricia Beier, WAGES

Lifetime Champions of Justice
Sue Perry Cole, NCACDC
Ilana Dubester, El Vínculo Hispano
Gerry Hancock, Everett Gaskins Hancock LLP

Past Defenders of Justice Award Honorees