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Every generation has its leaders, seminal voices that stand out from the busy din of culture and current events. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is one such voice. His preaching, speaking, writing, and organizing efforts continue to inspire Americans and challenge us to take action in our local, regional, and national communities. What is it that makes Barber’s leadership stand out above the crowd?

One attribute that makes Rev. Barber’s impact so powerful is his ability to help us confront hard and uncomfortable truths while at the same time helping us identify tangible ways to address injustice and seek healing. This balance of conviction and encouragement challenges people to avoid complacency, but also gives people the hope of a better future and the promise of a way to get there.

Rev. Barber’s leadership and prophetic voice led CTS to name him the 2017 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree recipient. It is also why Rev. Barber has been asked to return this fall as the keynote speaker for the Faith & Action Project Fall Event. We hope that the CTS community will continue to be challenged, encouraged, and called to action by Rev. Barber’s powerful words and message.

To learn more about the Faith & Action Fall Event and register to hear Rev. Barber speak in person, click here.


To read more about what Rev. Barber has been up to in recent months, check out these articles and videos:

“Poor People’s Campaign rallies in Washington to mobilize low-income voters” in NPR, June 18, 2022


“After successful assembly that brought thousands to DC, the Poor People’s Campaign heads to the polls with agenda to lift from the bottom”  June 22, 2022


“140 Million Poor People Are Not A Disease. They Are The Result Of Policy Murder” Article by Barber in Huffington Post, June 27, 2022


“‘You wear out’: How chronic illness grounds and inspires William Barber’s activism” in Religion News Service, June 18, 2022


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, June 14, 2022