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On Monday evening Bishop William Barber spoke in Warrensburg on the campus of the University of Central Missouri. After his remarks, he took questions from the audience – this became an epilogue.

Bishop William Barber

The epilogue:

“…But let me just say this to give you hope. There’s a study one time that said if you can just get two percent of a nation to work together they can shift the narrative and the consciousness of that nation. Not twenty percent. Uh, God told Isaiah in Isaiah 6 that just ten percent of the nation doing the right thing would change the nation

I want you all to hear this. All the people we read about in history were in the minority. It wasn’t like everybody marched. When everybody tells you, when folks tell you, I was there with Dr. King. Tch. Um. Hush. ‘Cause if everybody that says they were there it would have been more than two hundred fifty thousand people at the March on Washington. ‘Cause there were that many people in Washington, D.C. So, just hush. Everybody was not there. The majority of the people were not there. The majority of the preachers were not there. Dr. King was put out of his own denomination. Put out. Of the Baptist church. So, I don’t want us to live in a need for a majority. What God said to Ezekiel is if I can find one person. What the scripture said, an ancient psalm is, the stone that the builders reject. What has to happen is the rejected people have to come together. If, if, you, ultimately rejected because of poverty, rejected because of race, rejected because of your sexuality, that’s the coming together. And if a remnant comes together, Harriet Tubman got seven hundred slaves out of slavery. She didn’t have Twitter, she didn’t have Instagram, she didn’t have none of that.

My point is, we don’t, we need a committed group of people. Don’t ever live in the false, it was not thousands of people that led the march from the, across the Edmund Pettis bridge. It was probably four hundred. Now, in the end it was twenty-five thousand people. I’m talking who, who were beaten, who were beaten, who, who did it. Alright. It’s never been…”

“…The church needs to do what the church has been called to do by its founder, care for the poor and the least of these. Or, either, take the signs down, don’t call it church, call it club. Call it something. But don’t call it church…”


Bishop William Barber – Warrensburg, Missouri – February 27, 2023 (February 28, 2023)