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William Barber Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Black Lives Matter Rally Photo by David Geitgey Sierralupe,

America has its knee on the necks of Black & Brown People

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Don Rojas — Today America is at a crossroads, a turning point…at an intersection of the old imperial order at home and abroad with the birthing of a new order, “a new normal” if you will. For millions of people in America, the unprecedented street uprisings of the past 10 days offer a glimmer of hope that after 350 years of oppression, meaningful change may actually be on the…

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Inequality and the Coronavirus, Or How to Destroy American Society From the Top Down

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Liz Theoharis — My mom contracted polio when she was 14. She survived and learned to walk again, but my life was deeply affected by that virus. Today, as our larger society attempts to self-distance and self-isolate, my family has texted about the polio quarantine my mom was put under: how my grandma fearfully checked my aunt’s temperature every night because she shared a bedroom with my mom; how they…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Everybody’s Got the Right to Live

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — More than nine hundred people crowded into the Church of the Epiphany, an Episcopal church in Washington, DC.  They had gathered to hear Rev. William Barber, the dynamic and prophetic co-leader (with Rev. Liz Theoharis) of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.  They came, not only to hear Rev. Barber but also to sing and bond and listen to poor people…

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Learning From King’s Last Campaign

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By Jessicah Pierre, CounterPunch — As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., it’s natural to remember his courageous advocacy for racial equity. But before he was assassinated, King had also begun to broaden his efforts to unify the around economic justice. That’s worth remembering today. In December 1967, King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and other conveners laid out their vision for the first Poor People’s Campaign….

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Will You Answer the Call for Moral Revival?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — I cannot overstate my tremendous admiration for Rev. William Barber.  Our connection goes back to North Carolina when I was the President of Bennett College, and he led the state NAACP.  His daughter, Sharrelle, graduated from Bennett in the spring before I assumed the Presidency and as student body president, she served on the search committee that selected me.  So he’s a friend of long-standing. In…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Poverty and the Fallacy of Long-Term Economic Greatness

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — The first week of July produced a somewhat positive Employment Situation report. While the unemployment rate ticked up just a bit, about 224,000 new jobs were created, nearly three times as many as were created in the tepid previous month. There was, of course, the Administration crowing about the strength of the economy, and with wage growth on the rise, an impassioned outsider might agree that…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Running for Exposure

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Twenty-four people are running for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.  From where I sit, at least half of them are only running for exposure, for the Vice-Presidential nod, for Cabinet secretary, to push a platform, or to simply be seen.  Their ambitions have made the process turgid and impractical, often amusing and only sometimes illuminating. The candidates do best when they have…

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Poor People’s Campaign, Fratricide in Black Communities: Topics for Vantage Point with Dr. Ron Daniels

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

June 4th Edition of Vantage Point — Topics: The Vision and Mission of the Poor People’s Campaign, Fratricide/Murders in the Black Community: Do Black Lives Matter to Black People? Guests: Rev. William Barber (National Coordinator, Poor People’s Campaign, North Carolina), Claudia De La Cruz (National Steering Committee, Poor People’s Campaign, New York, NY), Rev. Clyde Kuemmerle (New York Poor People’s Campaign, New York, NY), Earl Ofari Hutchinson (Los Angeles Urban Roundtable) and Andre Mitchell (Founder/Executive Director, Man Up, Inc., East New York, NY)

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The Necessity of Moral Resistance in the Face of Militarism — Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

By Video/Audio

May 6th, 2018 – Confronting head-on America’s war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision is the theme of this powerful speech delivered by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach; and the Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington,…

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William Barber Takes on Poverty and Race in the Age of Trump

By Commentaries/Opinions

After the success of the Moral Monday protests, the pastor is attempting to revive Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s final—and most radical—campaign. By Jelani Cobb — At first glance, the crowds of people congregating on a block of Mulberry Street, a stretch of squat brick buildings near downtown Memphis, on the morning of April 4th, might have been there for a variety of reasons. The street venders selling T-shirts and posters…

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"Here we're proving—with data and analysis spanning 50 years—that the problem is both structural barriers for the poor in hiring, housing, policing, and more, as well as a system that prioritizes war and the wealthy over people and the environment they live in," said John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for Policy Studies. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter)

Decrying System That Favors ‘War and the Wealthy,’ Poor People’s Campaign Unveils Agenda to Combat Poverty, Racism, and Militarism

By Commentaries/Opinions

“The Democrats talk about the middle class. The Republicans talk about the military. No one’s talking about the poor.” By Jake Johnson — In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s original campaign against poverty that kicked off 50 years ago next month, leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) on Tuesday announced plans to revive Dr. King’s radical moral vision with mass action nationwide and unveiled a series of ambitious demands aimed…

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