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Petitioning Rev. Al Sharpton and 4 others

To the planning committee (Lincoln Memorial 8/24 march): Give Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rep. John Lewis Prominent Speaking Roles.


MORAL MONDAYS. Rev. Dr. William Barber has been an activist for over 30 years. He is the leader of the Moral Mondays movement, a fusion of Whites, Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Workers, Students, Women, LGBTQ and all the people of North Carolina fighting the NC general assembly's regressive laws passed this year. These laws are mean-spirited and bad for the NC citizenry. Rev Barber is an inspiring and inspirational speaker. (See 2 videos)

Over 930 concerned and dedicated North Carolinians have been arrested supporting the Moral Monday movement. Every Monday since April of this year, thousands have joined Rev. Barber to protest and make our voices be heard. A "Change" is coming to North Carolina. Thanks to Rev. Barber's leadership, perseverance and dedication, and the fusion movement, we WILL OVERCOME. Forward together, Not one step back.

Please have the people's leader, Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rep. John Lewis have a major speaking role at the upcoming DC August 24th march.

Letter to
Rev. Al Sharpton
Representative John Lewis
U.S. House of Representatives
and 2 others
Frank Smith
Martin Luther King 111
Give Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and John Lewis Prominent Speaking Roles at the 50th year of Dr. Martin Luther King's anniversary march in DC August 24, 2013.

In 1963 Dr. King and John Lewis, fresh out of southern jails, Jim Farmer (locked up in a southern jail, so he could not come) urged (or would have urged) the quarter million people who participated in the March from Jobs and Justice at the Lincoln Memorial in late August and the millions watching Dr. King and John on television to return to Mississippi, to Alabama, to South Carolina, to Georgia, to Louisiana, to North Carolina, to Arkansas. . .to return to the south and challenge its system of racism. To come to the South and be a soldier in the army to reconstruct the South.

Today, in August of 2013, we find ourselves fighting the same injustices we fought against 50 years ago. Therefore, the undersigned respectfully request those who are planning the program for the 50th Celebration of that march to invite Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II to be a prominent speaker on the platform that day. Rev. Dr. William Barber is the architect of the Moral Monday and Forward Together Movement in North Carolina that is spreading like wild fire while we write. He has been a grass-roots leader and organizer in hills and mole hills of North Carolina for more than 30 years. He is one of the most thoughtful and inspirational speakers in the country today. The Movement he has built for almost a decade has charged up the human rights Movement in N.C. Speaker after speaker at the NAACP Convention in Florida in July 2013 held up his N.C. work as a model for organizing Dr. King’s Dream in the South. Historic thousands of white, black, and Latino workers, students, the elderly, and Movement veterans have gathered in the state capital every Monday for three months. Over 940 have committed civil disobedience, following Dr. King's example.

Dr. Barber believes that a state-by-state strategy, capturing the synergy of the multi-racial and labor-community struggles, based on the holy scriptures of Justice and Love, the Constitution, and the hard work bringing grass-roots people together is the key to the Dream. He cares nothing about being on stage and would not suggest this himself. The undersigned therefore,insist that he and Brother John Lewis be prominent speakers on August 24th. It would be a great historic mistake and disgrace, not to invite him as one of the main speakers.

Petition Initiators Include: Phyllis Cunningham; John Perdew; Jeff Kolnick; Joseph Morse; Shirley Sherrod; Margaret (Lauren) Herring; Charles Sherrod; Bob Zellner; Judy Richardson; Carol Horwitz; Al McSurely; Lincoln "Bergman; Caroll Rogoff; Ira Grupper; Heather Booth, Emilye Crosby; Terry Cannon; Sam Friedman; Jan Hillegas; Rev. Edwin King; and more.

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