Preview: Rev. Dr. William Joseph Barber II speaker event

Jonathan Shields

News Editor

Rev. Dr. William Joseph Barber II is coming to speak at Benedictine about social injustices on Feb. 10 at 2 P.M. in Goodwin 411. The event is free and open to the public with the lecture scheduled to go from 2 to 3 and concluding with Dr. Barber spending time to speak with students for an hour after the lecture.

Dr. Barber is a social activist and founding Director of the Center for Public Theology and Public Policy at Yale Divinity School. He is a sought-after speaker that has spoken to many diverse groups like Christians, Muslims, LGBTQ+ and women’s groups. Another notable event he spoke at was the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Dr. Barber is also frequently featured on media outlets like CNN, New York Times and the Washington Post.

In 2018, Dr. Barber helped restart the Poor People’s Campaign, a campaign started by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, starting with a historic wave of protests in state capitals and in Washington, D.C. The campaign called for a moral agenda and a moral budget to address the five interlocking injustices of systemic racism, systemic poverty, the war economy and militarism, ecological devastation, and the false moral narrative of Christian nationalism.

Dr. Barber also served as president of the North Carolina NAACP, which is the largest state conference in the South, from 2006 to 2017 and he currently sits on the National NAACP Board of Directors. You can hear Dr. William Joseph Barber II speak on  Feb. 10 at 2 P.M. in the Daniel Goodwin College of Business.

Registration for the event is recommended. Register here