The Reverend Dr. William Barber II will be delivering an address, entitled "Disappearing Civil Rights: The Rise of Jim Crow 2.0," at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston on Tuesday, November 5.
William, in addition to being the president of the North Carolina branch of the NAACP, is the person behind "Moral Mondays," the weekly protests in North Carolina that continue to attract thousands of activists to speak their minds on pertinent policies and political issues. The Reverend initially organized the protest movement as a response to the state's voter right suppression, refusal to expand Medicare, and cuts to programs like unemployment benefits and public education.
GLAAD and Rev. Barber often have supported one another's work. GLAAD has continuously worked to counter voter suppression, which particularly effects the trans community and racial minorities. Additionally, Barber has been a persistent advocate for marriage equality in North Carolina. Adamantly opposed to the state's Amendment One, proposed in 2012, which would have banned couples in the state from equal marriage and its legal benefits, Rev. Barber was instrumental in bringing his chapter of the NAACP to the forefront of support for marriage equality, and was cited as an example of the growing support for the LGBT community from within communities of faith and people of color.
At the time, Barber spoke on the issue at Winston-Salem State University, and told the crowd, "You should disagree with anybody who is writing hatred and discrimination into the constitution."
The Andover Newton Student Association board has organized the event in collaboration with the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, the Baptist LGBT advocacy organization. Barber's evening at Andover Newton Theological School will include music, fellowship, and conversation, in addition to his address on "Jim Crow 2.0." It will take place in Andover Newton's Wilson Chapel in Newton Centre and tickets are available for $10.