John Hood to Speak at ASU March 24, Followed by the Rev. Barber March 31

Published Friday, March 18, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Two prominent North Carolina civic leaders and political activists will speak at Appalachian State University on “The State of the State of North Carolina in 2016.”

John Hood, recently named head of the John William Pope Foundation on Higher Education and chairman of the board of the John Locke Foundation, will speak on March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Rev. William J. Barber II, leader of the N.C. Moral Monday Movement, will speak on March 31 at 7 p.m., also in the Schaefer Center. These public lectures are being offered in advance of the 2016 election season to address concerns of North Carolina citizens and to better inform the public about issues facing the state. A question and answer session will follow the presentations. The events are free and open to the public.

The events are sponsored by Appalachian’s Faculty Senate, the offices of the Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, Student Development and University Advancement, College of Arts and Sciences, Walker College of Business, Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Hayes School of Music, Reich College of Education and Belk Library and Information Commons.

The John William Pope Foundation on Higher Education is a Raleigh-based grant-maker and policy center that supports public policy initiatives, educational institutions, arts and educational programs and humanitarian relief projects in N.C. and beyond. The John Locke Foundation is a N.C. think-tank that issues policy reports, hosts events and produces broadcasts and publications, such as Carolina Journal.

Hood helped found the Locke Foundation in 1989 and served as its president from 1995 to 2014. He received his undergraduate degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. His editorial columns appear frequently in newspapers across the state and in national magazines and newspapers. He is the author of seven books, including “Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans” published in 2015.

Barber, is president of the North Carolina NAACP and is best known as the architect/convener of the Forward Together Moral Movement, better known as Moral Monday. The movement is a coalition of over 200 state organizations that support progressive efforts in the arenas of education, labor rights, health care, women’s rights, immigration policy, and the environment.

Barber has an undergraduate degree from N.C. Central University, a Master of Divinity Degree from Duke University, and a doctorate from Drew University. He serves on the NAACP National Board of Directors and is chair of the national NAACP Legislative Political Action Committee.

He is the author of the books “Forward Together: A Moral Message for the Nation” and “The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics and the Rise of a New Justice Movement,” written with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and recently published by Beacon Press.

Barber has served as minister at Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro for the past 24 years.

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