Press Release

NAACP Congratulates Rev. William J. Barber II on Winning MacArthur “Genius” Grant Award

October 5, 2018 / By Array

NAACP extends an exuberant congratulations to Rev. William J. Barber II, NAACP Member, National Board of Directors and former North Carolina State Conference President.

“No one is more deserving of this award than Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II. He is and will always be an integral part of the NAACP. As a long-standing champion for civil rights and the entire black community, I have been fortunate enough to work alongside him and commend his dedication to the struggle for freedom and justice,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO.

“Rev. Barber is an iconic figure in the civil rights movement and this award is well befitting of the work he has done to advance social justice in this nation,” said Leon W. Russell, Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors. “I am proud and honored to have work side by side with Rev. Barber to advance the mission of the NAACP, as he fought for the rights of the poor, the disenfranchised, and the protection of voting rights, and I am confident his greatest achievements are only just beginning.”

The MacArthur grants are awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and recipients are bestowed an award of $625,000, distributed over five years. Rev. William J. Barber II was chosen because of his work “to expand voting rights, health care, living wages, immigrant rights, public education and LGBTQ rights.”