Reverend Dr. William Barber, IIPastor at Repairers of the Breach Goldsboro, NC Award Year: 2022
Reverend Dr. William Barber II is Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina and President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, a nonprofit that educates and trains faith leaders to pursue policies and organizational strategies for the good of all and to educate the public about connections between shared religious faiths. Reverend Dr. Barber served as president of the North Carolina NAACP from 2006-2017 and currently sits on the National NAACP Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the NAACP developed a new 21st Century voter registration / voter participation system that registered more than 442,000 new voters. In the tradition of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, he was the architect of the Moral Movement, which began with its Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013, drawing tens of thousands of North Carolinians and other moral witnesses to the state legislature, relaunching online in August 2020 under the banner of the Poor People’s Campaign in honor of the campaign launched in 1968 by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.