Latest William J. Barber II News

Baltimore's Black leaders recall the past in modern protests

Oct. 09, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — The pride was evident in Kim Randall’s voice as she described the police officer handing her a citation. “My grandmother should be proud of me,” said Randall, 52, a Baltimore hotel worker who donned a bright-red, “Voting Rights Now!”...

Activists call for the return of Black cemetery to church

Sep. 10, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Activists called Friday for the return of a Black cemetery to a Maryland church decades after it was erased by development. The Rev. William J. Barber II and Rev. Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign, spoke by Zoom to...

Civil rights museum honors Michelle Obama, grassroots group

Sep. 02, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama and The Poor People's Campaign have been chosen to receive Freedom Awards from the National Civil Rights Museum in Tennessee. The museum said Wednesday that Obama and campaign's two leaders, the Rev. William Barber...

Marchers compare deadly coal battle to Manchin's wage stance

Aug. 26, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A grassroots group on Thursday recalled the centennial of a deadly fight to organize West Virginia coal miners in urging Sen. Joe Manchin to support higher wages and better voting protections. Members of the Poor People’s Campaign invoked the...

U.S. voting rights events reflect multiracial reform agenda

Aug. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

A decades-old fight to expand and protect voting rights will intensify this weekend, when multiracial coalitions of civil, human and labor rights leaders hold rallies in Washington and across the nation to urge passage of federal voter protections eroded since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. ...

O'Rourke, protesters begin nearly 30-mile Texas voting march

Jul. 28, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — As Rebecca Flores set out on a nearly 30-mile voting rights march to the Texas Capitol on Wednesday, she recalled another long distance: the drive her parents made from the outskirts of town in the 1950s to cast their ballot, after paying a $3 poll tax. ...