Loyola University Maryland

Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation

About the Speaker

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Since 1993, Rev. Barber has served as a pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C., where he focuses on interfaith and multiracial issues. His advocacy for voting rights, healthcare, immigrant rights, public education, and LGBTQ rights has led to rallies in Raleigh, N.C., as well as thousands of nonviolent acts of civil disobedience across the south.

In 2013, Barber founded Repairers of the Breach, an organization that strives to build and expand a national movement in moral analysis, articulation, and action. He helped create a revival of the 1968 Poor People's Campaign that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others helped orchestrate. The movement has since built state and local non-partisan movements, which aim to build power and challenge laws and policies that pose a threat to underprivileged individuals.

Barber earned his Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina Central University, a Master of Divinity from Duke University, and doctorate from Drew University. He has received eight honorary doctorate degrees and is the 2019 Hubert H. Humphrey Award recipient for Human Rights. He has served on the NAACP board since 2005 and was the president of the North Carolina chapter from 2006-2017. He is a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary and has published numerous books and articles. Barber is also a contributing op-ed writer for The Guardian, The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and The Washington Post.