Renowned Social Activist Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II to Address NLIHC’s Housing Policy Forum

NLIHC’s 2023 Housing Policy Forum will feature a keynote address by Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, a renowned scholar and social activist. The Forum will also offer participants an array of opportunities to engage with and learn from thought-leaders, tenant and community leaders, policy experts, and leaders from Capitol Hill who will discuss the path forward in the fight for housing justice.

The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II is president and senior lecturer for the organization Repairers of the Breach, a co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, and a bishop with The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. For more than a quarter century, he has pastored the Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and he is the author of four books: We Are Called to Be a Movement; Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing; The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement; and Forward Together: A Moral Message for the Nation. Rev. Dr. Barber served as president of the North Carolina NAACP from 2006 to 2017 and served on the National NAACP Board of Directors from 2008 to 2020. A former Mel King Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is currently visiting professor of public theology and activism at Union Theological Seminary and senior fellow at Auburn Seminary. Rev. Dr. Barber has received the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center’s Beloved Community Award, and the Puffin Award. Signed copies of his latest book, We Are Called to Be a Movement, will be available for purchase at the Forum.


      Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

In addition to Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, the forum will feature a discussion with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; U.S. Department of the Treasury Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo; Federal Housing Financing Agency (FHFA) Director Sandra Thompson; and a keynote address by acclaimed author and sociologist Matthew Desmond.                                  

A full event schedule will be shared in the coming weeks.

Register today for the March 21-23, 2023, Housing Policy Forum!