NC NAACP’s Rev. Barber details poor people’s campaign

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, William Barber
FILE - In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, the Rev. William Barber speaks during a news conference after a second night of violence following the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. Barber, who led the state NAACP as it successfully challenged North Carolina's attempts to limit voting rights and took the organization deeper into support of gay rights, said Wednesday, May 10, 2017, that he won't seek re-election as president of the state chapter. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. William Barber provided details about his plans after he steps down as president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP to concentrate on a poor people’s campaign.

Barber held a news conference Monday about his plans for the campaign, which will be organized in 25 states and Washington, D.C. He announced his plan last week to step down after 12 years as president in June, several months ahead of when his term ends in October.

“I want to be clear, I’m not going anywhere,” Barber said.


The 53-year-old Barber will remain on the NAACP’s national board of directors. He also will remain as pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro.

“We must have a narrative shift rooted in God’s vision of love and justice for humanity as our nation is struggling,” Barber said.

The news conference was held at Davie Street Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.

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