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NAACP To Host Freedom Fund Banquet On Saturday

The NAACP will hold its Freedom Fund Banquet/100th Year Celebration at Halifax County Senior High School on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Featured speaker will be the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, chairman of Rebuilding Broken Places C.D.C, and North Carolina NAACP State Conference president.

Rev. Barber graduated cum laude from North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C., receiving a bachelor of arts in political science.  He received a master of divinity degree from Duke University where he was a Benjamin Mays Fellow and a Dean Scholar.

Rev. Barber has a doctoral degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

He has served as the executive director of N.C. Human Relations Commission, State of North Carolina.  Rev. Barber also has served as an adjunct instructor at N.C. Wesleyan, North Carolina Central University and Duke Divinity School. 

Rev. Barber’s membership affiliations have included Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and Prince Hall Masonic Lodge.  He has served on the trustee boards of two colleges.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the community, Rev. Barber has received more than 100 awards which include honorary Doctorate of Divinity, a national medical association award, Outstanding Young Men in America Award and 10 keys to cities, to name a few.

Rev. Barber has served with local, state and national leaders in the fight for justice, actively working with youth, where he has proven to be an inspiration. 

He leads as chairperson of a non-profit organization called “Rebuilding Broken Places,” which is a community development initiative born out of a vision from God to build affordable single family houses, senior citizen housing, job training, affordable child care, and inner city revitalization in Goldsboro.

To date, this has resulted in more than seven million dollars of community development initiatives. 

Rev Barber has written one book entitled, “Preaching Through Unexpected Pain,” several articles, hosted two radio shows on WSSG (Praise with a Purpose) and WFMC (Catch the Fire) and has been featured in two national publications and on several television programs. 

Since becoming president, he has led the North Carolina NAACP State Conference to national recognition by being the recipient of the 2006 Juanita Jackson Mitchell, Esq. Award for legal activism (the highest award in the NAACP for legal redress for advocacy).

He also has been instrumental in NAACP efforts, which include the following:

• Led in building a coalition of 85 organizations with more than one million affiliate members around a 14-point anti-race, anti-poverty, anti-war progressive agenda; which has gained state and national attention and has gathered more than 13,000 people including more than 1,500 youth and college students to march on the State Capitol for HKonJ (Historic Thousands On Jones Street).   Also, gathered more than 500 lobbyist grassroots in the halls of our General Assembly. 

• Led efforts during the primary to host for the first time a live statewide televised NAACP gubernatorial debate viewed by several million people.

• Led efforts during the 2008 primary and General Election to coordinate Millions Voter March 

• Led effort to make the acts of cross burning and noose hangings a felony in North Carolina.

• Led the fight in securing over 100 million new dollars for low wealth and disadvantaged students.

• Joined with The Center for Civil Rights filing an amicus brief to the N.C. Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme court to protect 19 minority legislative districts.

• Led efforts to have North Carolina AG to file amicus brief in favor of Voting Rights Act and maintaining Brown vs Broad of Education standards in recent U.S. Supreme Court cases.

• Leading efforts to end the death penalty in North Carolina and pass the Racial Justice Act.

• Leading efforts to provide reparations for victims of the 1898 terrorists’ attacks in Wilmington, NC and sterilization of black women.

• Led efforts to stand with Smithfield workers to demand collective bargaining rights at the largest hog processing plant in the world.

• Leading the call for repeal of State Statue 9598, which denies collective bargaining rights for state employees.

• Led efforts to successfully free James Johnson, a young man wrongfully accused of murder, kidnapping, and rape who spent three and a half years in jail with no trial.

• Led effort to get same day voter registration making North Carolina the only southern state to have same day voter registration.

• Led development in Stop the Funeral Campaign, Gang Banger Drug Dealer Redemption Initiative.

At heart, Rev. Barber is described as a country preacher with a conviction for social justice, prophetic ministry, deliverance, and a heart of love for all those in need of the good news of Jesus Christ.

He is married and has five children.

He is the son of Eleanor P. Barber and the late Rev. Dr. William J. Barber Sr. and was ordained into the ministry by the N.C. region of the Christian Church in November 1989.