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Moral Mondays founder, former NC NAACP leader to speak at Duke

By Colin Warren-Hicks

cwarrenhicks@heraldsun.com

January 31, 2018 12:37 PM

DURHAM

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, former president of the N.C. NAACP, will speak at Duke University on Feb. 20.

Barber garnered national recognition in 2013 for his part in weekly Moral Mondays protests at the N.C. General Assembly after founding the Forward Together Moral Movement. The Moral Mondays protests have brought thousands of protesters to the state capital and resulted in more than 1,200 arrests since their 2013 beginnings.

His topic will be “Poverty, Health and Social Justice,” and tickets are available at Duke’s Page Auditorium box office or online at tickets.duke.edu/Online.

The 5:30 p.m. talk in Page Auditorium on Duke’s West Campus is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry. Parking in the Bryan Center parking deck will be available for $5.

The talk is part of the joint Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture and Boyarsky Lecture in Law, Medicine and Ethics and coincides with the United Nations World Day of Social Justice.

The late Terry Sanford served as North Carolina governor (1961-65), U.S. senator (1987-93) and president of Duke University (1970-85). He founded what is now the Sanford School of Public Policy in 1972.

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Barber is president of the nonpartisan Repairers of the Breach and co-chairman of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival 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.”

The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture is held in honor of the late Terry Sanford, a longtime Durham resident who served as North Carolina governor (1961-65), U.S. senator (1987-93) and president of Duke University (1970-85).

The Boyarsky Lectures focuse on social justice and public health through science.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks