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)

Photos/Video: Raleigh NC – Rev. Andre Knight Mayor Pro-tem Rocky Mount City Council/President Rocky Mount NAACP Receives The Charles McLean Award During The NC NAACP 30th Annual Humanitarian Award

What a fitting moment as Mayor Pro-tem Knight has been recently targeted by Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount Instigated by WHIG-TV by starting a petition asking Knight to step down as city councilman. They are asking for signatures to attempt to remove him but their ignant asses do not understand how the process works.

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Black Folks You Say You Are Concerned About The Children? If So How Do You Allow Folks To Attack Your Leaders Who Are Adults?


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber Joins "Fast For Families" Immigration Reform Action at National Mall


November 12, 2013


For More Information:  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                     Atty. Jamie Phillips Cole, Public Policy Coordinator, 919-682-4700


For Media Assistance:  Laurel Ashton, Field Secretary, 828-713-3864


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber of North Carolina’s NAACP Forward Together Moral Monday Movement Joins "Fast for Families" Immigration Reform Action at National Mall

Rev. Barber Says Both the Constitution and Faith Should Compel Congress to Swiftly Act to Create Fair Pathway to Citizenship for Millions of Aspiring Americans


DURHAM- Renowned scholar and leader, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, will join hundreds of faith, labor and civil rights leaders on the National Mall today for a time of prayer and fasting for immigration reform. Inspired by scripture and the examples of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Cesar Chavez, participants are fasting to raise awareness about the moral crisis caused by our nation’s broken immigration system. A diverse coalition of members of Congress, immigrant families, labor leaders, civil rights organizations and others are expected to participate.


"The book of Isaiah, Chapter 58, commands us to cry aloud against injustice, and it is in this spirit that I and hundreds of others from across the nation are engaging in prayer and fasting," said Barber. "We aim to bring a prophetic witness to the halls of power, to awaken the consciences of politicians who refuse to act and to send a clear message that Congress must act swiftly to pass an immigration reform bill."


Rev. Dr. Barber, who serves as president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP and its more than 100 branches and chapters, is the leader of North Carolina’s Forward Together Movement. The Forward Together Movement carried out more than 20 "Moral Mondays" protests and civil disobedience actions throughout North Carolina this year in response to a wave of regressive and extreme public policy. Rev. Dr. Barber will join the "Fast for Families" event at 3:00 pm and lead a prayer vigil with fasters at 6:00 pm tonight.


"With 1,100 mothers, fathers and children deported from our country every day, immigration reform is the moral issue of our times," said Barber. "It’s a moral issue when families are torn apart by deportations, forced to live in the shadows and marginalized to second-class status. Every major religious faith demands that we treat the stranger and the immigrant with the same love, respect and decency that we do our own flesh and blood. A nation of immigrants certainly can do no less than this."


Organizers are urging lawmakers to take up immigration reform before the end of the year. They are prepared to fast as long as possible.


"Both our Constitution and our religious faith compels us to action. We will not rest until Congress passes a reform bill that builds a path to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans."




Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. The NC Conference of NAACP Branches is 70 years old this year and is made up of over 100 Adult, Youth and College NAACP units across the state, convenes the more the 150 members of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) Peoples Assembly Coalition, and is the architect of the Moral Monday & Forward Together Movement.  



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Rocky Mount NC: Photos/Video – NC NAACP 70th Annual State Convention State of NC Civil Rights Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Saturday October 12, 2013 10:00 AM

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NC NAACP 70th Annual State Convention

Tarboro NC – ‘Put the right man in there’

Yes, the next District Attorney should represent the whole district, but only if he is qualified, not just because the NAACP wants a “black” in the office. (Daily Southerner)

Funny how my letter to editor has not been printed.

—– Original Message —–

To: Terry Smith Editor Daily Southerner
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2009 2:16 AM
Subject: Letter to editor

Racial Makeup of the District Attorney’s Office

Letter to Editor: “Racial Makeup of the District Attorney’s Office”

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Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

Wilson NC – NAACP request sets racial progress back

I would like to respond to Friday’s article, “NAACP wants black D.A.” When I hear names like Andre Knight and William Barber spearheading agendas that reflect the epitome of prejudice, it makes me wonder why they are allowed to do so. There are laws that prevent individuals and organizations from promoting prejudice of any shape, form or fashion. (Wilson Times)

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Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance




In the Christian Bible, there is a verse, describing a forerunner, which simply says “There was a man named John.” We have now learned that a man named John Hope Franklin, who has been a gift to the entire world, a forerunner in the struggle for freedom, has now slipped gracefully into the hands of God. We, who knew Dr. Franklin, referred to him with the greatest respect because of the truth he told about our history which continually gave us hope that if we own the past we could correct our tomorrows.

Dr Franklin never relented in telling the whole truth about our journey from slavery to freedom, the ugliness of racism and social exclusion, the power of his people who not only endured but also fought against it and the promise of a new day. By always telling the truth to America and the world about history, he seared our conscience in such a way that constantly made it uncomfortable to accept the status quo. He reminded us that we must do more than merely apologize for the pain of the past but we must make amends that are tangible and rooted in a commitment to change.

This man named John was a scholar and prophetic voice for the world. The longevity of his life is in some way symbolic of the lengths he went to tell the story of his people and to always inspire truth, love and hope. May he rest now in peace and may we live and move forward in the paths he has laid down.

Watch Video Interviews Dr. Franklin Gave to the NC NAACP in 2007.

For more information, contact:
Rev. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137
Ms. Amina Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700.