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We Are Not of Those Who Shrink Back

Dr. King once diagnosed America as having a septic commitment to racism, poverty, and militarism that was destroying the nation’s soul and ripping apart its moral promises and possibilities.

And he said, along with others, that the only way to address these matters is to raise a campaign with those who have nothing to lose, but might have the moral and spiritual capacity to turn the nation’s conscience and character toward the way of love, truth, justice and nonviolence.

We are in such a moment now, and this moment of moral crisis demands a call for revival.

As the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival comes to North Carolina with our “We Must Do MORE Tour,” I’m glad to get to partner with Red Letter Christians for this Red Letter Revival.

We know what the scripture says: We are not of those who shrink back, but of those who press on unto the salvation of the soul. Though some misuse and abuse religion to defend immorality, we know that if the people of North Carolina chose to rise instead of shrink back, we can press on to save the soul of America.

It’s time for a revival of love and justice. Join us in North Carolina for the #GoldsboroRevival on October 1 & 2, or tune into the livestream.

About The Author


The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church and President of Repairers of the Breach. He has served as president of the North Carolina NAACP, the largest state conference in the South, since 2006 and sits on the National NAACP Board of Directors. A former Mel King Fellow at MIT, he is currently Visiting Professor of Public Theology and Activism at Union Theological Seminary and is a Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary. Rev. Barber is author of the best-selling The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear.

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