2010 Democracy Summer Organizers

An-Que’ “Nicole” Cunnigan, Fayetteville

An-Que’ Cunnigan, daughter of Bridgette Cunnigan and Jerome Boyd Jr., was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. In Las Vegas she attended Palo Verde High School, where she participated in many organizations such as the Debate Club, Varsity Cheerleading, and Student Government Association.

An-Que’ decided to further her education by attending Winston-Salem State University where she represents “Ram Love”, wherever she’s present. An-Que’ is a Political Science major and a senior this year that will be graduating December 17, 2010. She was very active in college being in clubs such as Political Science Club, Pre-Law Society, and Model United Nations Club where she always challenged her colleagues to push for civic justice.

She aspires to obtain her masters in Information Systems and become an Intelligence Officer for the FBI.

Amanda Ellis, Fayetteville

Amanda Ellis, daughter of Lyda Ellis was raised in Raeford, North Carolina. During her time at Hoke County High School, Amanda participated in National Honor Society , the Beta Club, Ladies of Total Image and the Hoke County High School Marching Bucks Band.

Amanda is now in her junior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she always displays her Tarheel pride through her work with the UNC-Chapel Hill branch of the NAACP. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Amanda double majors in philosophy and religious studies with special interest towards metaphysics and contemporary Islamic culture. After graduating in 2012, she plans to join the Peace Corps as a community develope

Jabari Blackmon, Durham

Jabari Blackmon is a rising senior at North Carolina Central University, where he is a candidate for the Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. At N.C. Central, Blackmon is a University Honors Student and serves as the Senior Political Correspondent for the Campus Echo Newspaper.

Blackmon – originally from Ohio – grew up in Durham, attended Neal Middle School, Durham School of the Arts and graduated from Southern High School in 2005.

An avid politico, Blackmon interned for Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) on Capitol Hill and also for the Congressman’s reelection campaign in 2008. He is also a former staff member in the office of N.C. House Member Representative Larry D. Hall (D-29) in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Additionally, Blackmon is an active member of the Democratic Party, having served as the National Vice President of the Black Caucus for the College Democrats of America from 2008-2009.

Juanita Milbourne, Durham

Juanita Milbourne was born in Rocky Mount,Juanita Milbourne was born in Rocky Mount, NC but has spent most of her life in Raleigh. She has recently completed her freshman year at North Carolina Central University. There she accomplished many things such including being honored in the NCCU First Steps Ceremony, participating in the 2010 Honors Convocation for Academic Achievement, and winning 3rd place in the 2009 University Speech Contest. Juanita is now in the process of earning her Bachelors degree in History and Government and she will soon receive her Paralegal certificate.

Juanita enjoys taking part of activities that involve bettering her community. She often volunteers at thrift stores and women’s shelters as well. Being knowledgeable of the government is something Juanita takes pride in. She feels that knowing what is going on around her makes living easier. Juanita loves spending time with her family and friends when she is not busy doing things in the community.

Ray Robinson, Winston-Salem

In 2006 Ray Robinson graduated from North Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After which Robinson relocated to Elizabeth City, North Carolina to attend Elizabeth City State University. In 2010 he received his BA in Political Science from Elizabeth City State University, where he minored in public administration. In his time there Robinson was a community organizer for a number of political campaigns and local non-profit organization.

His main areas of expertise have been community development, community organizing and non-profit management. This includes organization fundraising and coalition building. in 2009 he established a scholarship through ECSU foundation, raising 10,000 dollars for students. Robinson has also served as Finance Manager for the Universities Student Activities Community.

During his undergraduate matriculation, Robinson served as Senior Class President, Student Senate member, and Chairman of the George W. Edmonds Scholarship for Achievement. He is currently active in the community, as a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and local mentoring programs.

Alannah Garcia, Charlotte

Alannah Garcia, daughter of Edward and Valerie Garcia, was raised in Cary, North Carolina. The third of four children, she attended Green Hope High School and was a member of the varsity women’s lacrosse team as well as the Green Hope High School marching band.After graduating with honors, she enrolled in East Carolina University pursuing majors in international studies and cultural anthropology and a minor in Spanish.
She continues to play lacrosse for East Carolina and is currently a member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. Alannah hopes to attend Georgetown University’s school of Foreign Service to complete her master’s degree in international affairs. Alannah enjoys photography, horseback riding, and spending time with her family.

Joyce Booth, Greenville

Joyce Booth is the youngest of six children and a native of Washington, North Carolina. She attended and graduated from Washington High School. She stayed very active in sports and multi-cultural organizations during the 3 1/2 years it took her to complete high school.Throughout her youth she was engrossed in civic organizations such as 4-H and the Youth and College Division of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

After working as NC Senate Page, she decided to further her education in Greensboro, NC and attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. There, she is in the midst of obtaining a BA in Political Science. As an undergraduate she is very involved on campus, but after finding a lack of a minority voice on campus she decided to establish the Black Student Union organization, which is entering its second year. Upon graduation she will be entering the AmeriCorps program to travel the country and gain training as an organizer!

In her leisure time Joyce enjoys cooking, shopping, and becoming a budding wine connoisseur.

Erica Hilton, Charlotte

Erica Hilton is native of Fayetteville, NC. She is the daughter of Dr. Doreen Hilton and Col. Clarence Hilton. In Fayetteville, she attended Reid Ross Classical School where she participated in the Modern Dance Program, the Latin Junior Classical League, and Student Government Association, and was Miss Reid Ross Classical School 2006-2007.After graduating with honors in 2007, Erica decided to further her education in Charlotte, NC where she is currently a proud “Smithite” at Johnson C. Smith University.

At JCSU, Erica loves participating in organizations such as The Black Ink Monks, Communication Arts Student Association, Community Service Committee, and is currently the SGA Student Body President. After graduation, Erica wants to earn a Masters in Communications concentrating in nonprofit/corporate communications and eventually become the Communications Director for a nonprofit organization and eventually start her own as well.

Ana Eusse, Greenville

Ana Eusse is a native of Englewood, New Jersey. After graduating from Dwight Morrow High School as Vice President of her class and with salutatorian awards, she enrolled in Montclair State University. While there, she decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in Sociology with a minor in Latin American Studies. As a member of the Latin American Student Organization, she was involved in community activities and events dedicated to exposing the beauties of Latino/Hispanic culture.In May 2007, Ana was accepted into the Walt Disney World Company Student Internship, where she worked with top celebrities such as Mickey Mouse, Captain Hook, Ursula, and Simba. When one of her roommates introduced her to North Carolina, she decided to transfer to East Carolina University and become a member of the Pirate nation! In addition to attending school, she works at Barnes and Noble as a dedicated bookseller and volunteers with ALMAS, an organization dedicated to increasing bilingual skills amongst Latina women. Recently, she participated in T.R.I.P.S, a program that allowed a group of Pirate students to go to Delaplane, VA and plant over 300 trees to revitalize the ecosystem. Another important event for Ana is consistently volunteering on Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. Day. She considers him her role model. In her free time, Ana loves taking long drives into the rural areas of Eastern North Carolina and watching documentaries to expand her sociological imagination. Once she graduates from ECU, Ana has decided to join AmeriCorps and follow up with PeaceCorps.

Sean Maxwell, Winston-Salem

Sean Maxwell is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. He is majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. At UNC, Sean has conducted research on presidential and White House operations for a faculty member of the Political Science Department and is currently a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honors society.Last summer Sean was an intern in the Washington office of Congressman David Price, and this past fall he served on the Sustainable Community Visioning Task Force in Chapel Hill. The task force studied future town development and generated growth guidelines for the Chapel Hill Town Council. In the spring semester he returned to Washington and was an intern at the Department of Homeland Security’s Political Asylum division, where he performed basic research on country conditions and dissident movements. Recently, UNC’s student body president appointed Sean as one of several Town and External Relations Liaisons. In the upcoming school year, Sean will be responsible for balancing student concerns with the needs of town officials and local residents. Sean also volunteers with the Honor Flight network, a group that flies WWII veterans to Washington at no charge to visit the memorials dedicated to their sacrifices.

When not participating in civic affairs, Sean enjoys reading about current events, taking long drives while listening to music, and playing pickup basketball. He still needs lots of work on his jumpshot.


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