Durham, NC — Duke University Chapel will host a public conversation with United States Sen. Bernie Sanders and the Rev. William J. Barber II on Friday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m.
The discussion, “The Enduring Challenge of a Moral Economy: 50 Years After Dr. King Challenged Racism, Poverty, and Militarism,” will be moderated by Duke Chapel Dean Luke A. Powery.
The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry. The Duke
“In joining with others to begin organizing the Poor People’s Campaign 50 years ago, Dr. King was working out of a Christian conviction that racial equity, economic justice and peace among nations were interrelated issues — and all matters of faith,” Powery said in a news release.
“Through this public conversation, we have an opportunity to bring together the insights of a preacher and a politician on the present-day work toward a just, moral economy.”
Bernie Sanders is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2012 with 71 percent of the vote. His previous 16 years in the House of Representatives make him the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. Sanders ran unsuccessfully for US. President in 2016.
The Rev. Dr. William Barber II is pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, NC and architect of the “Forward Together Moral Movement” that gained national acclaim with its “Moral Monday” protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013. These weekly actions drew tens of thousands of North Carolinians and other moral witnesses to the state legislature. A highly sought after speaker, he has keynoted hundreds of national and state conferences. He has served as president of the North Carolina NAACP, the largest state conference in the South, since 2006 and sits on the National NAACP Board of Directors. A former Mel King Fellow at MIT, he is currently visiting professor of Public Theology and Activism at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
There is a limit of one ticket per person. To reserve a ticket, visit the box office in person at Duke’s Bryan Center visit the website or call 919-684-4444.