Magazine article The Christian Century

William Barber II

Magazine article The Christian Century

William Barber II

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William Barber H, a Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) pastor and leader of the Moral Mondays movement, is launching a new Poor People's Campaign, marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's 1967-1968 effort.

As the new campaign began, Barber (above, speaking at a Moral Mondays rally in 2013) stepped down as president of the North Carolina NAACP, the second-largest state conference in the United States, a role he has held since 2006. He will remain pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and continue to serve on the NAACP's national board of directors.

"Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King called for a radical 'revolution of values,' inviting a divided nation to stand against the evils of militarism, racism, and economic injustice," Barber said in a statement. "In the spirit of the Poor People's Campaign of 1967-68, we are calling for a national moral revival ... There is a need for moral analysis, articulation of a moral agenda, and moral activism that fuses the critique of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and national morality in a way that enables organizing among black, brown, and white people, especially in regions where great efforts have been made to keep them from forming alliances and standing together to change the political and social calculus. …

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