Meet the Panelists of our ERA Program!

On January 28th, the Museum of Durham History will be partnering with the ERA – NC Alliance to host a virtual screening of the 30-minute long Legalize Equality documentary, highlighting the history of this struggle for gender equality. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with panel members including the activists, lawyers, scholars, and volunteers. Our panel members will be prepared to answer questions about the history of the movement, the ongoing legal cases related to the ratification of the ERA, and how to get involved at the individual level. 

Kamala Lopez, a filmmaker, actress and activist, is president of the pro-ERA organization Equal Means Equal, the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit to protect ratification of ERA. Ms. Lopez directed and starred in the 2016 documentary, Equal Means Equal, and has since organized and shepherded the successful campaign to get the last three states needed, Nevada, Illinois and Virginia, to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
Arlaine Rockey is a national feminist attorney who represents 86 amici curiae, friends of the court, in Equal Means Equal’s lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Archivist to publish the ERA in the Constitution.  Ms. Rockey was also instrumental in eliminating the N.C. Marital Rape Exemption, that had prevented husbands from being prosecuted.  Read more about the ERA lawsuit at
Barbara Lau is executive director of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, a National Historic Landmark site in Durham, NC that honors the legacy of activist, lawyer, poet, and priest, Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray (1910-1985). Anchored by Murray’s childhood home, the center is focused on history, education, the arts and social mobilization. Since 2009, Lau has also served as the director of the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center/John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.
Lau brings 20 years of experience as a folklorist, curator, professor, oral historian, media producer, and author to this work. Lau’s credits include producing To Buy the Sun, an original play about Pauli Murray; co-directing the Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Lif community mural project; and curating Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest, and two major exhibitions about Cambodian American traditions. She received her BA in Urban Studies and Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis and her MA in Folklore at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Lau teaches undergraduate courses about Durham and LGBTQ history and culture.
Mandy Carter is a Durham-based lesbian activist with a 54-year movement history of social, racial and LGBTQ+ justice organizing since 1967.  She is a member of North Carolina NOW and is actively engaged  with the organizing efforts of the ERA-North Carolina Alliance.

Lori Bunton is a retired pharmaceutical executive and longtime activist for women’s rights.  She spent nearly 28 years working in established companies as large as Eli Lilly and in start-up biopharmaceutical organizations.  Her career spanned sales, marketing and market research.  Lori has served on the boards of Planned Parenthood in TN and N.C. National Organization for Women, as well as President of the North Carolina Alliance for Healthy Communities in Raleigh.  She currently serves as Co-President for the ERA-NC Alliance, where she has been a Board member for four years, serving as Secretary and VP Membership for the Alliance.

Lori has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. In addition to her service on boards, she volunteers with Dress for Success in Durham, NC as a career coach and serves as an advisor on their career curriculum.   Lori has lived all over the U.S. and Europe and now resides in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Tune in for this live-streamed event on Zoom, with the film screening starting at 11:30am, followed by the panel discussion at noon. Register here.

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