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Mandy Carter’s social justice activism spans 50 years and was first inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Poor People’s Campaign” in 1968, when she became committed to nonviolent activism. Carter was the National Coordinator of the Bayard Rustin Commemoration Project of the National Black Justice Coalition, bringing acknowledgement and honor to Rustin’s work as a black, gay, civil rights activist. Carter helped co-found Southerners On New Ground (SONG), which integrates work against homophobia into freedom causes, and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), which is dedicated to empowering black LGBTQ people. In March 2015, Carter helped organize broad and diverse participation in the 50th Anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights Act. (Bio taken from Capital Pride)