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2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration:
Rev. Dr. William Barber II

NOTE: There are no remaining tickets for this Rev. Dr. William Barber event.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
5:30 - 6:45 p.m.-- Reception
7 p.m. -- Program begins

Both events will be held in the Campus Center Ballroom, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222. Tickets are free and the event is open to the public Note: Ticket reservations for the program have sold out..

Rev. Dr. William Barber II

The Rev. Dr. William Barber II, brilliant orator and prominent figure in the current fight for civil rights and economic justice, is widely regarded as the leading heir to Dr. Martin Luther King’s church-based activism in the present generation.

In 2016, Rev. Barber delivered an electrifying speech at the Democratic National Convention, and in 2018, he received the MacArthur “Genius” Award for his success in “building broad-based fusion coalitions as part of a moral movement to confront racial and economic inequality.”

Barber achieved national attention as architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement, which organized regular “Moral Monday” protests at the North Carolina state capitol beginning in 2013. His 2016 “Moral Day of Action” calling for nationwide protests constituted the largest coordinated action on state capitals in U.S. history.

He is the founder and president of the national, progressive, faith-based group, Repairers of the Breach, and Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival. Barber continues to serve as Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Barber is also the author of three acclaimed books, Revive Us Again (2018), The Third Reconstruction (2016), and Forward Together (2014).

Note: There will be a free reception in the Campus Center from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. before the program begins.

Rev. William Barber's remarks at the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016

Rev. William Barber's talk "If We Ever Needed to Vote!" delivered July 12, 2012 in Houston, Texas.

Rev. William Barber's benediction at the close of "Roland Martin Unfiltered Presents: The State Of Our Union" on February 8, 2018.