Rev. William Barber As State Chapter President

Rev. William Barber As State Chapter President

STATEWIDE – The Rev. William Barber, who led the state NAACP in blocking North Carolina’s attempts to limit voting rights and fiercely supported gay rights, said he’s stepping down as state chapter president and will focus on a poor people’s campaign like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was building when he was slain.

The Reverend William Barber says he won’t seek another term and will instead focus more on a Poor People’s Campaign, like the one Martin Luther King Junior was developing before his assassination.

Barber says he’ll work with various groups on the campaign when he steps down next month and that he’ll remain on the NAACP’s national board.

Rev. William Barber As State Chapter President
Rev. William Barber As State Chapter President

“We need a moral narrative because somewhere along the line we’ve gotten trapped in this left vs. right conversation,” said the 53-year-old NAACP leader in an interview via conference call.

Barber also leads a nonprofit called Repairers of the Breach and said that group, along with the Kairos Center, Union Theological Seminary and others will lead a movement that will concentrate on 25 states and the nation’s capital where voter suppression, poverty and other problems are prevalent. The groups plan major actions next summer, which would mark the 50th anniversary of the start of King’s campaign in 1968.

Barber said more details would be forthcoming at a news conference Monday.

Though Barber’s term officially ends in October, he said he would step down in June. He will remain on the NAACP’s national board of directors, whose chair, Leon Russell, said he’ll “continue to be a voice for North Carolina, for the South and for issues he holds dear.”

Barber took the national stage in the literal sense last July, when he addressed the Democratic National Convention, saying then that the heart of the country’s democracy was on the line in the November elections. He called on voters to be “the moral defibrillator of our time” and to shock the nation with the power of love, mercy and the fight for justice.

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4 thoughts on “Rev. William Barber As State Chapter President

  1. I’m tired of the media and public looking for one person (in this case Rev Barber) to always be a savior. People need to step up and look for the answers inside of us. The Creator gave us the blueprint and it’s internal not external.

  2. I know I won’t be alone in saying this. I am part of your Moral Monday movement in Raleigh, since one July in 2013 when y’all said “wear red to support teacher pay.” I put on red and went. And never left.
    Anyway, you held a talk on Jan. 21st of this year and it was broadcast online. You talked about how this nation has seen worse. You gave us hope and encouragement. On that day, in that moment, I needed to hear your words and encouragement. Thank you very much.

  3. It’s people like William Barber who may be our only hope in the months and years to come. But today is a far different time than the 1960s — people still believed in the ability of government, on occasion, to be a force for good and weren’t nearly as jaded as we are today.

    But all we can do is hope. It’s about all we’ve got left.

  4. I read the article, and I concur with Rev. Barber; there is not a monolithic satisfaction on the Right with the direction the GOP has taken. I live in Texas, grew up in a small town that is in Ron Paul’s old district. It’s about as right wing as any place in America can be. But even there, people have limits. When the Republican Texas legislature recently defeated a voucher program that was pushed by our extremist Lt. Governor, I saw it as a small but important victory for common sense. Fort Bend County, which is Tom DeLay’s old home district, voted for Hillary in the election by a small margin. Is this enough to declare victory? No, absolutely not. But it should inspire Democrats to see that we can affect positive change. We can change hearts and minds. We’ll probably lose many more battles in Texas but I do believe we can win the war. We just have to keep fighting.

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