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)

‘Closest person we have to Martin Luther King Jr.’: Pastor-activist William J. Barber wins $625,000 ‘genius’ grant

On Thursday, the day the Rev. William Barber Jr. was awarded a $625,000 “genius grant,” Barber was hard to reach, because he was being arrested. Which is related to why the North Carolina preacher was given one of the rare MacArthur Foundation awards.

Barber, 55, is one of the country’s best-known public advocates fighting racism and poverty, known for successfully organizing tens of thousands of people in marches and other nonviolent acts of civil disobedience around the country. On Thursday, as MacArthur was announcing that Barber was among 25 people “on the precipice of great discovery or a game-changing idea,” Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign was tweeting about his arrest. (Read more)

The Gate Keeper response:

Everybody didn’t love Dr. Martin L. King, matter of fact some starting loving him after he died.

So the same goes for Dr. William J. Barber II.

Hell some folk don’t like me but do I give a ????? Hell to the double NAW!

I am thankful for Dr. King and his season, Dr. Barber and his season and the Good Master for me and my season.

And that’s enough!

And many who came across me trying to discredit me “they” gone from around me and/or sick. Hey it ain’t that I am somebody but I know he watches over me.

I will continue to trust and believe! May not serve him as I should but he has been good to me.

If I don’t wake up in the morning it will be well with my soul.

About Dr. William J. Barber II

I know many folk that like the man and many that do not. Many do not actually know him but I know the man. I ain’t trying to convince anyone to like the man, I tell folk to do your own homework, get to know folk for yourself.

So glad I know the man and don’t have to rely on anyone to tell me about the man.

I know the man because I have been actively engaged in community activism and politicalism since the late 80’s.

So when I talk about folk I ain’t trying to convince anyone just letting you know where I stand and those whom trust in me, they will take my opinions and thoughts in consideration but if they don’t, hey I am good!