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Rebekah Barber

Research Associate/Writer

Rebekah is a research associate at the Institute for Southern Studies and writer for Facing South. Her research focuses on racial justice, deomcracy, and Southern history. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from N.C. Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

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Articles by Rebekah

The campaign to overturn Trump's truth-denying equity gag order

December 3, 2020 - Partly in response to the acclaim for Nikole Hannah-Jones's The 1619 Project on slavery's legacy in the U.S., President Trump recently signed an executive order that seeks to stifle federal agencies, contractors, and grant recipients from talking about systemic racism and sexism. Refusing to be silenced, the African American Policy Forum has launched an effort to overturn it.

THE STAKES 2020: Catherine Coleman Flowers on the environmental justice movement and elections

October 23, 2020 - Across the rural South's Black Belt, the lack of adequate sewage and water infrastructure has created serious public health problems. We spoke with Catherine Coleman Flowers, a longtime environmental justice activist in rural Alabama and the recent recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant, about her work to draw attention to the region's intersecting crises and how grassroots activism can impact federal policy.