Bennett College is pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II to deliver the Baccalaureate Convocation address for the class of 2023, on May 12, 2023, at 6:00 p.m., in the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel on the campus. As President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival, Dr. Barber is a leading voice for moral activism and public policy. He has authored several books and has been recognized with numerous awards for his tireless work promoting social justice and equality.
Dr. Barber is also Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival, Bishop with The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Goldsboro, NC, for the past 29 years, and Professor in the Practice of Public Theology and Public Policy and Founding Director of the Center for Public Theology and Public Policy at Yale Divinity School.
Dr. Barber is a highly respected leader, social justice advocate, and scholar, and his work has had a profound impact on communities across the United States.
Dr. Barber is regularly featured in media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Nation magazine. He was named one of 2020’s BET 100 Entertainers and Innovators and one of the 2019 recipients of the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor. He is a 2018 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award recipient and a 2015 recipient of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award
and the Puffin Award.
The Baccalaureate Convocation is open to the public.