The Quarantine Tapes 147: Reverend William Barber

Monday, Jan 11, 2021

”Who is at the center of your vision? ‘Cause if the poor and the sick and the unemployed and those facing eviction are not at the center of your vision, you will misuse your position because nothing is guiding you.”


On episode 147 of The Quarantine Tapes, guest host Eddie Glaude is joined by Reverend William Barber. Eddie and Williams have a stirring conversation about how this moment of death and grief fits into a long history of acceptable deaths in the United States.

William calls this a Christmas moment for America, urging us to understand the work that needs to be done in order to reach for healing and justice. They talk about what faith can mean in this moment as William draws lessons from the Bible about how to be critical of the system and continue pushing for real justice.

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the President & Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival; Bishop with The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries; Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary; Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and the author of four books: We Are Called To Be A MovementRevive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral OrganizingThe Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and The Rise of a New Justice Movement; and Forward Together: A Moral Message For The Nation.

[Originally published on December 24, 2020 via The Quarantine Tapes]

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