After receiving the first Award for Civic and Intellectual Courage, Reverend William Barber of the Poor People’s Campaign explained his positions in the simplest of terms as he compared segments of America as keys on a piano. “You want to make sure all the keys work,” as he called for polices that assist, not hurt the poor.
The former head of the North Carolina NAACP reminded people that “this is not the first time we have had a racist in the White House. This is not the era of Donald Trump. Donald Trump is the symptom.”
The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and the Marcus Raskin Family awarded Barber the award. The late Marc Raskin founded ISP with Richard Barnet in 1963, and it continues to serve as a progressive think tank and as the research arm for the Poor People’s Campaign.