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Rev. Willie T. Barrow

Rev. Willie T. Barrow (December 7, 1924-)
Minister of the Gospel/Social Justice Connector/ “Little Warrior”
Chair Emeritus, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition

“We are not so much divided, as we are disconnected.

During Black History Month 2014, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience is honoring faithful Black women freedom fighters. Today we honor
Rev. Willie T. Barrow.

Willie T. BarrowRev. Willie T. Barrow, affectionately known as “Little Warrior”, began her quest for justice as a student in Burton, TX during the 1940s. As a teenager Rev. Barrow led a demonstration with rural African-American students against Burton’s segregated public school system which refused them bus service because of their race. Her father, who was a minister, taught her to take on the burden of others. Rev. Barrow attended Warner-Pacific Theological Seminary in Portland Oregon, and became an ordained minister of the gospel after graduation.  The legacy of Rev. Barrow’s ministry has been to connect people through activism to bring healing to our world.

Rev. Barrow's involvement in the African-American Civil Rights movement began in the 1950's when she became a field organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). She helped organize demonstrators who participated in the movement's marches and sit-ins, including the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 March on Selma. Rev. Barrow participated in the Poor People's Campaign and helped organize voter registration drives and economic boycotts.

In 1962, Rev. Barrow worked with the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. to create Operation Breadbasket, which sought to meet the needs of underserved black communities. Jackson, Sr. who would later found Operation P.U.S.H (People United to Serve Humanity) and the Rainbow Coalition would tap Rev. Barrow over the past 20 years for leadership.

As an activist for universal human rights, Rev. Barrow has led delegations to North Vietnam, South Africa, the Middle East, Canada, and Bermuda, among other locations.  She has also advocated for solutions to pressing social issues of our time including:  AIDS in the black community, children's welfare, and domestic violence.

Photo: http://www.timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/museums/55441/super-unknown
http://www.visionaryproject.org/barrowwillie/  (Accessed 12/25/13)
http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/rev-willie-t-barrow-40  (Accessed 12/25/13)
http://www.crocuta.net/Dean/DNC_WinterMeetingFull_Feb12_2005.htm (Accessed 12/25/13)

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