Rev. William Barber delivers the keynote address during the opening dinner of the National Newspaper Publishers Association 2017 Mid-Winter Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 25-28, 2017.
**FILE** Rev. William Barber delivers the keynote address during the opening dinner of the National Newspaper Publishers Association 2017 Mid-Winter Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 25-28, 2017. (Shevry Lassiter/The Washington Informer)

The Rev. Dr. William Barber will deliver the keynote addressed at the Phoenix Awards Dinner next month during the Congressional Black Conference Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference in D.C.

Barber, an activist and Protestant minister, will deliver a message that will rally, motivate and speak to the heart of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream as it relates to the year 2018, event organizers said.

A former president of the NAACP’s North Carolina state chapter, Barber recently announced he would step down to lead the new “Poor People’s Campaign,” a national call for a moral revival in honor of the original 1968 campaign founded by King.

Barber received the 2006 Juanita Jackson Mitchell Award for legal activism, the highest honor in the NAACP for legal redress for advocacy.

In addition to being the 2008 recipient of the Thalheimer Award for most programmatic NAACP State Conference, Barber won the National 2010 NAACP Kelly M. Alexander Humanitarian Award.

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