Rev. William J. Barber II, left, and “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah. “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” screengrab
Rev. William J. Barber II, left, and “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah. “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” screengrab

Latest News

Rev. William Barber talks about ‘how we’re treating the poor’ on ‘The Daily Show’

June 06, 2017 10:13 AM

UPDATED June 06, 2017 10:06 PM

Rev. William J. Barber II appeared on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” on Monday night to talk about issues of poverty and racism.

Barber is president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, but will step down this month to head the Poor People’s Campaign, a new collaboration between Repairers of the Breach, a nonprofit organization Barber founded, and the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice.

Noah opened the interview by referencing the Cornell West quote, “William Barber is the closest person we have to Martin Luther King Jr. in our midst,” and then asked Barber why he decided to get involved in politics instead of just sticking with being a reverend.

Never miss a local story.

Sign up today for unlimited digital access to our website, apps, the digital newspaper and more

“I don’t know any way to be a person of faith and not be concerned about how we’re treating the poor, how we’re treating the least of these,” Barber answered.

During the interview, Noah called North Carolina a microcosm of America, citing “imbalances between the rich and poor” and Monday’s Supreme Court decision on gerrymandering in the state.

Rev. Barber steps down from NC NAACP role

Video: The Rev. William Barber is stepping down as president of the N.C. NAACP to take a position with a national civil rights group. He spoke to the media and supporters Monday morning in downtown Raleigh at a send-off held for him.

Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com

Rev. William Barber: Be ‘the moral defibrillators of our time’

Rev. William Barber gave a fiery speech in support of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. The North Carolina NAACP and Moral Monday leader called on Americans to be the ‘the moral defibrillators of our time' in a primetime speech on the final night of the Philadelphia convention.

FedNet