Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the architect of the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement, president of the North Carolina NAACP and pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
America Needs a New Poor People’s Campaign
In a spectacle of religious hypocrisy last week, preachers who say so much about what God says so little — and so little about what God says so much — stood in the Rose Garden as a backdrop for President Donald Trump’s executive order on “religious liberty.” As they celebrated this administration’s...
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Thursday, February 09, 2017
The Silencing of Coretta Scott King Is an Act of Systemic Racism
O n Tuesday night, during debate about the nomination of Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Republican extremists silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren as she was discussing Sessions’s record. They did not object to the facts she cited. They refused to hear them. This is what systemic racism looks...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
8 Reasons The Senate Must Reject Jeff Sessions
On Capitol Hill today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding confirmation hearings to consider the first of Donald Trump’s cabinet nominations, Sen. Jefferson B. Sessions of Alabama. 26 years ago, this same committee denied Sessions a recommendation for the federal bench. “Most of Reagan’s...
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Friday, December 30, 2016
A Call For The Economic Boycott Of North Carolina
In recent years, the Republican leadership in the state of North Carolina has built a worldwide reputation for intolerance and bigoted narrow-mindedness. Since its recent loss of the governorship, however, the General Assembly has completely upended the democratic process and engaged in nothing...
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Saturday, November 19, 2016
A Dying Mule Always Kicks the Hardest
The reactionary wave that swept across America with the election of Donald Trump is not an anomaly in our history. It is an all-too-familiar pattern in the long struggle for American reconstruction. The story of our struggle for freedom is not linear: Every advance toward a more perfect union has...
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Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Open Letter to Donald Trump's Campaign
Dear Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump, Your campaign, like the leadership of our Legislature and Governor, does not represent the politics of Lincoln, the call of justice, or the ethics of Biblical evangelicalism. Instead, your campaign presents an extremist philosophy of hate, greed,...
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Monday, July 13, 2015
This Is Our Selma
In 2006 the U.S. Senate unanimously voted to re-authorize the prized 1964 Voting Rights Act and President George W. Bush signed it. After the first Black President won two elections, five U.S. Supreme Court justices over-ruled 98 senators and gutted the law. Their ruling, called Shelby, two years...
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Justice After Charleston
A deeper meaning of forgiveness in the Christian nonviolent tradition reveals a critique that knows when the perpetrator has been caught but the killer is still at large. There is a scripture that says we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the powers and rulers of the darkness. Within...
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