Review of Communication
dissent, prophecy, new Poor People’s Campaign, democracy, rhetoric
In this paper, we offer an analysis of an important social movement challenging the fantasy of Christian nationalism: the new Poor People’s Campaign, and specifically the rhetoric of the Bishop Dr. William J. Barber II. We argue that Barber’s rhetoric represents a source of dissent against Christian nationalism through his strategic use of the jeremiad. Barber’s progressive jeremiad offers a distinctively moral narrative that recovers the radical Christian legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ultimately, we argue that Barber’s jeremiad advances a distinctive narrative of American national redemption through democratic renewal and reconstruction.
This article was published Open Access thanks to a transformative agreement between Milner Library and Taylor & Francis.
Rahko, Stephen E. and Craig, Byron B., "Prophetic Dissent in Dark Times: the New Poor People’s Campaign and the Rhetoric of National Redemption" (2024). Faculty Publications - Communications. 7.