Rev. Dr. William Barber II

The Rev. Dr. William Barber II is pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, North Carolina and architect of the “Forward Together Moral Movement” that gained national acclaim with its “Moral Monday” protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013. These weekly actions drew tens of thousands of North Carolinians and other moral witnesses to the state legislature.

A highly sought after speaker, he has keynoted hundreds of national and state conferences. He has served as president of the North Carolina NAACP, the largest state conference in the South, since 2006 and sits on the National NAACP Board of Directors. A former Mel King Fellow at MIT, he is currently visiting professor of Public Theology and Activism at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Dr. Barber is regularly featured in media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post and The Nation Magazine, among others. He is the 2015 recipient of the Puffin Award and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award. His two most recent books are Forward Together (Chalice Press) and The Third Reconstruction (Beacon Press).


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Recent media highlights: 

USA Today, State NAACP office sues North Carolina, alleging voter suppression

Buzzfeed, William Barber: Trump Is Trying To “Dehumanize” Khan Family

MSNBC, North Carolina Seeks to Restore Voter ID Law


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