Moral Revolution of Values Tour Carries on Civil and Human Rights Struggle

Posted Aug. 10, 2016

MP3 Interview with Bob Zellner, former SNCC staffer who now works with the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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The Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, is a nationally known human rights leader. At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, he endorsed Hillary Clinton and explained why he was troubled by the way faith is cynically used by some to serve hate, fear, racism and greed. Barber is now on a revival tour, speaking in some 20 states, preaching the gospel of a Moral Revolution of Values in response to racism, sexism, economic inequality and attacks on the LGBT community.

One member of Rev. Barber's revival team is Bob Zellner, who was the first white Southerner to become a community organizer with one of the most important civil rights groups of the 1960s, SNCC – the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Zellner, the grandson and son of members of the Ku Klux Klan, began his activism as a Freedom Rider in 1961 as SNCC's field secretary. He traveled from Atlanta to Albany, Georgia, to test two U.S. Supreme Court decisions that outlawed the segregation of interstate travel facilities and was arrested 18 times in seven states.

Many SNCC organizers risked their lives traveling to the most dangerous areas of the South to help black citizens register to vote. Bob Zellner, now 76, currently works with the North Carolina NAACP, where he trains activists in the SNCC form of community organizing. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with him about what he sees as today's key human rights struggles and how they can be won.

Bob Zellner's memoir, published in 2008, is titled, "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement." Learn more about the Moral Mondays: Repairers of the Breach movement and Bob Zellner by visiting Breachrepairers.org and the NAACP North Carolina Chapter at NAACPnc.org.

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