I Needed Somebody to Hope Me: An Update on the Moral Revival by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

When I was growing up in Eastern North Carolina, I used to love to sit in my grandmama’s kitchen and listen to her sing as she made dinner. Whenever she was done cooking, she’d give me a plate to eat. Then she and some of the other sisters from the church would make up some to-go plates and, with their aprons still on, head out the door to visit the sick and shut-in. “We going to hope somebody,” Grandmama would say.

For years, I thought Grandmama’s grammar was bad. I studied my lessons in English class and knew that hope wasn’t a verb. I didn’t dare correct Grandmama, but I knew better than to say I was going to hope somebody.

Years later, after I’d gone to graduate school and read the great theologians, I woke up one morning and couldn’t move. My doctors told me I’d never walk again. There was nothing they could do to help me. (Patheos)

Really? Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Inflammatory Remarks In Response To Gov. Pat McCrory Response to Voter ID

Damn the newsman said it is being said that Rev. Dr. William Barber II is using inflammatory remarks as it relates to Gov. Pat McCrory response to the Voter Id that was struck down by a 3 member panel of judges 2 white and 1 black. Said Dr. Barber was doing it for attention.

Well I was there when we got him elected in 2005 as the NC State NAACP President. He has been getting attention since that time so it ain’t like he just woke up a couple of days ago.

Folk continue to try to paint a picture of strong black men who ain’t afraid to speak Truth to Power!

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II Speaks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

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Franklinton Center Day 2015 At Bricks Whitakers NC Featuring Dr. William J. Barber II

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Reverend William Barber: Leader of the Biggest Social Movement the Media Won’t Talk About – Occupy.com

The Political Agitator response: I was there another awesome event. Photos/Videos HKonJ 2015 Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II NAACP NC & Partners March To NC State Capitol Saturday February 14, 2015

This is the first installment in a three-part series on Reverend Barber and the Forward Together movement in North Carolina.

On Feb. 14, roughly 30,000 people got up early on a cold Saturday morning to march on the North Carolina state house in Raleigh to demand anti-poverty legislation, voting rights, healthcare access, LGBT rights, environmental justice, criminal justice reform, and reproductive rights. #MoralMarch, the official hashtag of the protest, was a top national trend on Twitter, and an image of the march posted on the US Uncut Facebook page was shared over 12,000 times and reached almost 1.5 million people. (Full disclosure: I’m one of the admins for US Uncut.)

Meanwhile, the lead story in the next day’s Raleigh News & Observer, complete with a spread of 97 photos, was about a five-mile run in which participants ate a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts halfway through. Anchors of corporate-owned local TV news stations each spent 40 seconds talking over video of the march, briefly mentioning that it happened, and the News & Observer later gave the march a brief two-sentence summary on its website. So what is it about the Forward Together movement the media is so scared to talk about? (Source: Read more)

Photos/Videos HKonJ 2015 Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II NAACP NC & Partners March To NC State Capitol Saturday February 14, 2015

Lennon Lacy that was found hanging in Bladenboro, his Mother & Brother were here. Read more about The strange death of Lennon Lacy: Another lynching mistaken for suicide?

Omar AbdelBaky whom were killed along with his wife and sister in law, his Brother and Religious Family were here. Read more about Chapel Hill shooting suspect indicted.

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"LOW TURNOUT?" YOU BE THE JUDGE! HKONJ, FEBRUARY 14, 2015 CUP OVERFLOWING WITH LOVE, UNITY, DIVERSITY, DIRECTION, AND HOPE – DOWNTOWN RALEIGH by Minister Curtis Everette Gatewood

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Certain media outlets had predetermined, how they would report this year’s turnout for the Moral March on Raleigh, and HKonJ People’s Assembly in an effort to peel off momentum and downplay the rising tide of a new generation seeking justice. They knew last year’s effort of an estimated more than 80,000 could not possibly be repeated, therefore, many media outlets had already decided, if this year’s rally had 79,999,we are going to say, “This year, turnout was low!” I’m shaking my head.

Everyone who is honest, present, and not trying to deceive others, is shocked at how similar this year’s crowd was even as we never expected to have as many as last year. Because, last year was the same year Governor McCrory was elected and came into office joined at the hip of tea-party-funder Art Pope, while other Tea-Party extremists hijacked and took over the NC General assembly and began immediately legislatively assaulting children, African Americans, Hispanics, Women, LGBT, Labor, environment, Educators/education, those in need of Obamacare, those in need of unemployment benefits, poor Whites, and others who were not in the club of greed with those such as NC Civitas, ALEC, AFP, and other rich White male cliques.

In spite of those who would like to get us caught up into the numbers game, this year’s march, may have again outnumbered Selma’s final Edmund Pettus Bridge crossing (an estimated 25,000) in 1965 which had held the record for the largest civil rights mobilization in the South until, HKonJ8 – 2014, and now HKonJ9 – 2015 (the two most recent HKonJ People’s Assembly gatherings downtown Raleigh)! This year’s HKonJ turnout still “turned out” more than we have ever seen at any Tea Party rally, especially when considering this rally was not a “national” rally, but was indigenously-led by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and other great state-grown leaders within ONE state – North Carolina. This year’s HKonJ turnout still produced more diversity (young, old, Black, White, Brown, Yellow, etc.) than any other social justice demonstration of our generation.

So let’s not get caught up into the numbers game; let’s not let them keep moving the goal post. WE HAVE PROVEN WE ARE BEST POSITIONED TO REPRESENT THE BEST INTERESTS AND BEST HOPES OF THE WHOLE BODY OF NORTH CAROLINIANS – “WE THE PEOPLE.” THIS IS WHY, NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY; NOT MATTER WHAT GAMES THEY PLAY – WE ARE GOING “FORWARD TOGETHER – NOT ONE STEP BACK!” FORWARD TODAY, FORWARD TOMORROW; FORWARD FOREVER!

Thank you for allowing God to use you to show up and show out! Thank you for letting God use you to show North Carolina and show the world what the true faces of LOVE, UNITY, TRUTH, JUSTICE, and DEMOCRACY – ENOUGH LIES AND HYPOCRISY!

WE ARE WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW – LOVE SWEET LOVE! LOVE FOR THE LEAST; LOVE FOR THE LESS; LOVE FOR THE OPPRESSED!

CONGRATULATIONS TO REV. DR. WILLIAM J. BARBER, II, AND THE FORWARD TOGETHER MORAL MOVEMENT, WHICH INCLUDES YOU AND THE MIGHTY HKONJ COALITION!!!

"LOW TURNOUT?"  YOU BE THE JUDGE!
HKONJ, FEBRUARY 14, 2015 CUP OVERFLOWING WITH LOVE, UNITY, DIVERSITY, DIRECTION, AND HOPE  - DOWNTOWN RALEIGH. 

Certain media outlets had predetermined, how they would report this year's turnout for the Moral March on  Raleigh, and HKonJ People's Assembly in an effort to peel off momentum and downplay the rising tide of a new generation seeking justice.  They knew last year's effort of an estimated more than 80,000 could not possibly be repeated, therefore, many media outlets had already decided, if this year's rally had 79,999,we are going to say, "This year, turnout was low!"   I'm shaking my head.

Everyone who is honest, present, and not trying to deceive others, is shocked at how similar this year's crowd was even as we never expected to have as many as last year.   Because, last year was the same year Governor McCrory was elected and came into office joined at the hip of tea-party-funder Art Pope, while other Tea-Party extremists hijacked and took over the NC General assembly and began immediately legislatively assaulting children, African Americans, Hispanics, Women, LGBT, Labor, environment, Educators/education, those in need of Obamacare, those in need of unemployment benefits, poor Whites, and others who were not in the club of greed with those such as NC Civitas, ALEC, AFP, and other rich White male cliques.

In spite of those who would  like to get us caught up into the numbers game, this year's march, may have again outnumbered Selma's  final Edmund Pettus Bridge crossing (an estimated 25,000) in 1965 which had held the record for the largest civil rights  mobilization  in the South until, HKonJ8 - 2014, and now HKonJ9 - 2015 (the two most recent HKonJ People's Assembly gatherings downtown Raleigh)!  This year's HKonJ turnout still "turned out" more than we have ever seen at any Tea  Party rally, especially when considering this rally was not a "national" rally, but was indigenously-led by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and other great state-grown leaders within ONE state - North Carolina.   This year's HKonJ turnout still produced more diversity (young, old, Black, White, Brown,  Yellow, etc.) than any other social justice demonstration of our generation.

So let's not get caught up into the numbers game; let's not let  them  keep moving  the goal post.  WE HAVE PROVEN WE ARE BEST POSITIONED TO REPRESENT THE BEST INTERESTS AND BEST HOPES OF THE WHOLE BODY OF NORTH CAROLINIANS - "WE THE PEOPLE."   THIS IS WHY,  NO MATTER WHAT  THEY SAY;  NOT MATTER  WHAT GAMES THEY PLAY - WE ARE GOING "FORWARD TOGETHER - NOT ONE STEP BACK!"  FORWARD TODAY, FORWARD TOMORROW; FORWARD FOREVER!  

Thank you for allowing God to use you to show up and show out!  Thank you for letting God use you to show North Carolina and show the world what the true faces of LOVE, UNITY, TRUTH, JUSTICE, and DEMOCRACY - ENOUGH LIES AND HYPOCRISY!  

WE ARE WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW - LOVE SWEET LOVE!  LOVE FOR THE LEAST; LOVE  FOR THE LESS; LOVE FOR THE OPPRESSED!  

CONGRATULATIONS TO REV. DR. WILLIAM J. BARBER, II, AND THE FORWARD TOGETHER MORAL MOVEMENT, WHICH INCLUDES YOU AND THE MIGHTY HKONJ COALITION!!!