He said he was flattered to receive the award because it is unrelated to sports, as many of his previous awards are sports specific.
Henry Jones, a military veteran, was presented an award for his establishment of the Jones Funeral Home in Chapel Hill in 1982 and was previously awarded a James Brittian award by the NAACP.
George Lensing served as a member of the Board of Interchurch Council Housing Corporation since 1996 while working at the UNC Department of English. In 2011, he oversaw a complete renovation of the Interchurch Council Housing Corporation affordable housing units in Chapel Hill.
Peggy Misch was honored for her extensive work in a large number of community organizations committed to free-speech and social justice. Organizations include the Orange County Bill of Rights Defense Committee and North Carolina Stop Torture Now, among others.
Gordon Neville was awarded for his activism in preserving the rights for rural North Carolinians and his work with Antioch Baptist Church. He was as a board member of the Orange-Durham Cattlemen’s Association for 23 years.
Lisa Price of Carrboro was honored for her dedication to the Orange County Democratic Party, Chapel Hill Public Library and her formation of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, one of the few remaining gun violence prevention organizations in the South.
The ceremony was followed with a catered reception.
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