North Carolina’s Rev. William J. Barber II is The News & Observer’s 2018 Tar Heel of the Year. He led the state’s Moral Monday rallies as leader of the NC NAACP. The MacArthur Fellow has since launched a rebirth of the national Poor People’s Campaign.

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The News & Observer’s Tar Heel of the Year

The News & Observer recognizes North Carolina residents who have made significant contributions in the last year and beyond. This year, we asked readers to tell us about people who have made a difference in our state. Here are our stories.

Martha Quillin is a general assignment reporter at The News & Observer who writes about North Carolina culture, religion and social issues. She has held jobs throughout the newsroom since 1987.