Source: The Washington Post
By Paul Duggan
The Rev. William J. Barber II, a pastor and activist who has emerged as a leading religious critic of President-elect Donald Trump, was just off a red-eye flight from California on Monday morning when he arrived on Capitol Hill. Slowed by spinal arthritis and leaning on a cane, he crossed a sidewalk to an outdoor lectern in front of a church, where hundreds of protesters had assembled.
If the traveler was weary, his deep voice betrayed no hint of it.
“Today we face a moral crisis,” said Barber, the top official of North Carolina’s NAACP and president and senior lecturer of an interfaith, interracial activist group called Repairers of the Breach. “A misguided ruler, Trump, has nominated Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general of the United States. But Sessions’s immoral record shows consistent support for ideological extremism, racist and classist policies, and the writing of discrimination into laws.”
Barber, who delivered a well-received speech to the Democratic National Convention in July, advocating social justice with a thundering, evangelical passion, was visiting Washington in advance of Tuesday’s scheduled Senate confirmation hearing for Sessions (R-Ala.).