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Revive Us Again, by the Rev. Dr. William Barber,

September 17, 2018

Revive Us Again

Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing, by the Rev. Dr. William Barber, the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, and the Rev. Dr. Rick Lowery.  Beacon  Press, 2018.

Forthcoming Dec. 2018.

A collection of addresses calling for all of those who are oppressed in today’s America to put down their divisions and work together in a new Poor People’s Campaign.

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is an African American minister from North Carolina who gained national attention for his “Moral Monday”  demonstrations standing  up for moral, progressive causes in the face of his state’s repressive actions.  In addition to his stirring eloquence, he brings to organizing a practical ability to bring diverse groups together to work in alliances to achieve core goals.  Supporting “fusion politics,” he works to find common moral ground between those divided by race, class, religion, women’s rights, and LBGTQ rights.  He focuses on the deep moral basis for all this movements.

In Revive Us Again,  Rev. Barber’s words lead each section, followed the words of other activists and intellectuals amplifying his statements, sometimes with sermons or biblical references.  For these writers, religion is not a static force for the few, but a demand that we all we act to care for all in need. And in their viewpoint, that call demands a political as well as private response.

I strongly recommend this book for all those who feel a moral need to stand up to injustice and are looking for creative ways to work together in creative alliances.

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