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Quentin Talley

NC
Category: Personalities
Award: Best Social Justice Fighter Through Arts
Year Won: 2016
Pick: Editor's Pick

Cities around the country now have social protest movements such as “Black Lives Matter.” Quentin Talley has been pushing these conversations in Charlotte for years. Through his OnQ Performing Arts, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Talley depicts the black experience through struggles and triumph by way of stage plays, music, poetry, and dance. Last season, he brought us “The Children of Children Keep Coming,” forcing audiences to confront the legacy of slavery and the power of freedom and justice.