William Barber II, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

William Barber II, Legendary Civil Rights Leader, Steps Down From NC NAACP Leadership Role – The Root When the words “black liberation theology” are spoken, several names immediately come to mind: the Rev. James Cone, who coined the term; the Rev. Sojourner Truth; the Rev. Nat Turner; the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; the Rev. Jeremiah Wright; Dr. Cornel West; the Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon; and the Rev. Dr. William Barber II.

Now, after years of service, Barber, best known for his fiery sermons, tireless advocacy for the most marginalized and oppressed people in our society, and the creation of Moral Mondays, a movement protesting white supremacist actions pushed by the North Carolina state Legislature, is stepping down from his role as president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, a position he has held since 2006.

According to a statement published Thursday at the state chapter’s website, Barber will join the leadership of the Poor People’s Campaign Call for a National Moral Revival.

The New Poor People’s Campaign will mark the 50th anniversary of King’s 1967-68 Poor People’s Campaign and will focus on 25 states and Washington, D.C.

William Barber II, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | AP Photo/Gerry Broome

William Barber II, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | AP Photo/Gerry Broome

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a civil rights organization in the United States, formed in 1909 as a bi-racial organization to advance justice for African Americans by W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington and Moorfield Storey.

Its mission in the 21st century is “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.” Their national initiatives included political lobbying, publicity efforts, and litigation strategies developed by their legal team. The group enlarged its mission in the late 20th century by considering issues such as police misconduct, the status of black foreign refugees, and questions of economic development. Its name, retained in accordance with tradition, uses the once common term colored people, referring to people of some African ancestry.

The NAACP bestows annual awards to people of color in two categories: Image Awards are for achievement in the arts and entertainment, and Spingarn Medals are for outstanding achievement of any kind. Its headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland. (Wikipedia).