Tar Heel of the Year: The Rev. William Barber — activist, advocate and preacher – The News & Observer

Half an hour into a sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington last June about people living on the margins of American society, the Rev. William J. Barber II paused to ask, “Can I preach like I would at home for a minute?”

He shed his professorial tone and slipped into the more passionate style he uses in his pulpit at the mostly African-American Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro.

Heading into the crescendo of his message of how God uses people who have been rejected by society to bring about revolution, he played his voice like a pipe organ, hitting high notes and low ones, holding some and snapping others off. He boomed. He whispered. He trembled. He sweated.

He brought the congregation to its feet. (Read more)

This Has Been A Year

In January 2018 Bertha Battle my moma’s sister went on to glory.

In September 2018 my uncle Eugene Dancy my dad’s brother went on to glory.

Just last week my uncle Curtis Dancy my dad’s brother went on to glory.

God is good! All 3 died at home and didn’t go through a time of long suffering.

Although I was close to them my daddy was close to all 3 and I feel this is going to take a toll on him although he is handling well from what I can see.

My dad will be 85 years old in February. It looks like he is going to outlive all of us. I have got to stop obligating myself to a lot of things and leave myself flexible to be there more for my dad and family.

Time is winding down. Some things we have options so we need to prioritize things because we are not getting any younger.

I challenge myself to do better in 2019.


Happy Holidays

As I look forward to celebrating my birthday on December 25 the day that folk celebrate Christmas I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

All I want for Christmas is to wake up to see another day and be in my right mind.

But if I don’t wake up in the morning God has been good to me because he has allowed me to see 55 and if it is his will I will see 56.