Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

'Moral Monday' Leader Removed from Flight

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

'Moral Monday' Leader Removed from Flight

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RALEIGH, N.C. -The architect of the progressive movement known as "Moral Monday" said he was removed from an American Airlines flight after he responded to a passenger who made disparaging remarks. The Rev. William Barber said in a statement he was removed Friday from a flight from Washington Reagan to Raleigh-Durham.

A nearby passenger said loudly that he had problems with "those people" and criticized Barber's need for two airline seats, said Barber, who is also president of the state chapter of the NAACP.

Before the crew gave safety instructions, he said he stood up and turned around to respond. An arthritic condition prevented him from turning around in his seat to address the other passenger, Barber said.

A crew member apparently called police, who came on the plane and asked Barber to leave, he said. …

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