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Speaker: Reverend William Barber

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 20 Adar II 5779

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
EVENT CHAIRS: Michelle & Michael Eber
75th CHAIRS: Elyse Kalmans & Cheryl Levy 

Congregation Emanu El will host Reverend William Barber on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. as he presents Working Across Faiths to Develop Moral, Social Change.

The evening is co-presented by Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church and the Progressive Forum.

Rev. Dr. Barber is on a mission to lead this country in what he calls a national moral revival, giving a new face to the Poor People's Campaign started by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. The initiative linked the civil rights struggle for African-Americans to demands for equality for all poor people. 

In addition to serving as co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, Rev. Dr. Barber is the President and Sr. Lecturer of the Repairers of the Breach, which seeks to “build a moral agenda rooted in a framework that uplifts our deepest moral and constitutional values to redeem the heart and soul of our country”.

This organization declares that the moral public concerns of our faith traditions are how society treats the poor, women, LGTBQ people, children, workers, immigrants, communities of color and the sick, therefore he believes that it is imperative that these must be handled in a compassionate and justice-seeking manner.

One of 25 winners of the MacArthur Fellow’s 2018 “Genius Grant”, Rev. Dr. Barber started gaining national attention when in 2013 as the head of the North Carolina NAACP, he spearheaded the “Moral Monday” movement in the state. A series of weekly protests, the group which numbered in the tens of thousands in the fight for voting rights, education funding and other progressive causes.

The pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Rev. Dr. Barber has given keynote addresses at hundreds of national and state conferences, including the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

These speaking appearances have included addressing large groups of leaders within the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths. In 2017, he addressed over 5,000 attendees of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial in Boston. It is largely a result of this compelling presentation that Emanu El moved to bring Rev. Dr. Barber to our community.

A 2015 recipient of the Puffin Award and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award, Rev. Dr. Barber is regularly featured in media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, and The Nation Magazine, among others.

Rev. Dr. Barber’s appearance at Emanu El is generously underwritten by the endowment funds of the synagogue and is part of a larger slate of events associated with Emanu El’s 75th anniversary in 2019.

A beacon of social justice in the community since its founding, Emanu El’s mission under the leadership of Rabbi Oren Hayon is to make a visible and consequential impact on Houston’s moral and spiritual, cultural and intellectual life.

In this pursuit, Emanu El has been a leader in areas of social action and welfare, dating back to its involvement in the civil rights movement and serving the blind to feeding the hungry and working across faiths to bring about change – which aligns with that of Rev. Dr. Barber’s efforts across the country. 

While registration for this presentation has closed, stay tuned for the next event of our celebratory 75th anniversary programming! 

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