Reverend William Barber has created the beginnings of a powerful new civil rights movement in North Carolina. NC used to be the most progressive state in the south. No more.

The North Carolina legislature has passed law after law to limit voting rights, cut unemployment benefits, reduce spending on higher education, and privatize public education. The legislature has authorized charter schools and vouchers and funded Teach for America, while attacking tenure for experienced teachers.

Reverend Barber initiated regular Monday protests at the State Capitol called Moral Mondays. He has galvanized resistance to injustice and built a multiracial coalition. Many call him the new Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a powerful preacher who moves people to action.

Here is an example of one of his great speeches. He could be a transformational leader for our times. Not just in North Carolina but nationally.