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Rev. William Barber On The New Civil Rights Movement

Rev. William Barber On The New Civil Rights Movement


Rev. William Barber, founder, Repairers of the Breach


The 29th annual All People's Breakfast celebration was held this morning in Balboa Park to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The late civil rights leader was a minister and activist just like the keynote speaker at this year's breakfast: Rev. William Barber, president of North Carolina's NAACP and author of the book "The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, And The Rise Of A New Justice Movement."

More than 1,000 people attended the event hosted by Alliance San Diego.

"This year, we are excited to present a program built around the theme Ignite Change, which reflects the imperative, in a time of great uncertainty, to meet darkness with light," said Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego, in a press release.

"We are facing challenges that threaten the very fabric of the beloved community envisioned by Dr. King, and it's incumbent on us to act. We invite San Diegans to ignite change, from a place of love and not hate, and move boldly towards a vision of a city, country, and world where all people can achieve their full potential."

Rev. Barber has been critical of President-elect Donald Trump's pick for U.S. attorney general. He also gained media attention after his speech at the Democratic National Convention, where he called on Americans to become "moral defibrillators."

Rev. William Barber discussed the Forward Together Moral movement and what's next in the fight for civil rights Monday on KPBS Midday Edition and Evening Edition Monday.

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