Disappearing Civil Rights: The Rise of Jim Crow 2.0
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Location: Wilson Chapel
The guiding force behind North Carolina’s “Moral Mondays” actions will be the featured guest for an evening of music, fellowship, and lively conversation at Andover Newton. The Rev. Dr. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina branch of the NAACP and pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, N.C., will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Chapel. Admission is $10.
From the Andover Newton Student Association Board:
The Rev. Dr. William Barber II ... has been the prophetic voice for justice action in North Carolina for a number of years. He is well known and highly respected by people of faith. Rev. Barber has articulated a faithful response to the extremist positions of the North Carolina General Assembly, which in recent years has acted to suppress voter rights, deny Medicare expansion to a half-million citizens, withdraw unemployment benefits, and attack public education.
Barber and a revitalized NAACP have employed “fusion politics”—bringing together the interests and concerns of all the people of North Carolina—white and black, Asian and Hispanic, gay and straight, rural and urban, the well and the sick, the faithful and those of no faith—to articulate a citizen response. They have called for “Moral Monday” demonstrations, which have been the largest in the history of the state. Thousands of North Carolinians have demonstrated at the State Capitol in Raleigh every Monday that the General Assembly has been in session. When the Legislature has recessed, Moral Mondays participants have traveled to nearly every county in North Carolina for local demonstrations. Barber has been and remains the strategic visionary behind Moral Mondays and the voice for justice in North Carolina.
The students of Andover Newton Theological School have come to this place to sit at the feet of proven intellects, people of faith and wisdom who shape and condition our ministry minds in order that we might incline our communities and society toward greater understanding, meaning, justice, and purpose. In providing Dr. Barber a platform here, we celebrate the great legacy of generations of students at our institution, electing in our day and in our way to give voice to the cries of those most marginalized in our faiths, nation, and world. It is our belief that Barber prophetically speaks to people everywhere, summoning us toward collective action in answer of God’s call to serve our neighbor, as we strive to embody our sacred texts. We expect to leave this event inspired to continue repairing the national breach that so many great women and men of faith gave their lives and legacies to bridge, because we know that we’re climbing the ladders that they propped up for us. Our gratitude fuels our adamant refusal to turn back the clock on their sacrifices.