Rev. Barber to receive $100K prize for creative citizenship

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP will receive an annual $100,000 prize for creative citizenship.

The Nation Institute said Tuesday the Rev. William Barber will receive the annual Puffin/Nation Prize, which honors people who challenge the status quo. The prize is intended to encourage recipients to continue their work and to inspire others.

Barber is the minister at Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, and he built the Forward Together Moral Monday movement that supports issues such as voting, immigrant and labor rights.

He will write an annual report for The Nation magazine, with the first essay appearing in January. The magazine published similar essays by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1961 to 1966.

The award will be presented Dec. 8 in New York City.

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