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)
The Watch Dog response: Several folk have asked me why was Dr. Barber stepping down was it because of health issues? I said oh no he is moving on to work on the national level. But what has tickled me the hell out of me the most is a couple of people white and black asked me was I going to seek that post. Really? I am glad to know such a man and was in Greensboro at the NC NAACP State Convention in October 2005 when myself and some others had to fight to get him elected. I have enjoyed all he has done over the years and just excited about what he is going to do on his new post. Get ready, get ready!
Though he insists that he’s “really not leaving,” Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the State Conference of the North Carolina NAACP, says he will be “transitioning” from the state presidency next month to join a national “poor people’s” campaign to address issues of poverty and social inequality.
“I’m not going to run for another term [as president ] of the North Carolina NAACP, and I will step down in June,” the civil rights leader said Wednesday during a teleconference.
Maintaining that the NC NAACP is “…strong in our legal victories; strong in our organizational structure; strong financially and strong in the clarity of agenda…,” the civil rights leader expressed confidence that the next state president, coming from among the organization’s four vice presidents, will be up to the task.
Barber has been president of the North Carolina chapter, the largest in the South, since 2005. He led the once troubled conference into national prominence with weekly Moral Monday demonstrations at the North Carolina state legislature since 2013, and challenging the state on controversial cases of alleged racial injustice. (Read more)
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