Oct 8, 2012
Equality NC Foundation Announces 2012 Gala Keynote, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
Equality NC Foundation is proud to announce that this year's keynote speaker for the 2012 Equality Gala on November 17, will be the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP.
Rev. Dr. William Barber serves as pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, a 120-year-old congregation with over 400 members and 30 active ministries. He is chairperson of the Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization involved with building affordable single family homes and senior citizen housing and providing job training, affordable child care, and inner city revitalization in Goldsboro.
Rev. Barber has held adjunct faculty positions at both Duke University and North Carolina Central University, and is the author of the book Preaching Through Unexpected Pain. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Public Administration from NC Central University, earned his Master of Divinity from the Duke Divinity School, and his doctoral degree from Drew University in Madison, NJ. He has served as executive director for the NC Human Relations Commission, appointed by Governor James B. Hunt, and is a noted advocate for social justice issues in North Carolina.
"Rev. Barber played a pivotal role during the Amendment One fight, traveling across North Carolina to educate voters about the harms of the discriminatory constitutional rewrite and in so doing took a historic stand for North Carolina as well as the nation," said Stuart Campbell, executive director, Equality NC. "We invite you to join us as we honor him with a special award for his extraordinary leadership."