NJ deacon who dedicated his life to social justice dies of coronavirus

Richard E. Barber Sr.
Posted at 2:03 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 14:03:42-04

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ — A senior deacon at a New Jersey church who dedicated his life to social justice has died of coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday.

Richard E. Barber Sr. lead civil rights protests in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960, Murphy said. He was a past president of the NAACP of New Brunswick and was a deputy executive director of the national NAACP.

"He had dedicated his life to the cause of social justice and community empowerment," Murphy said.


Barber also served as a senior deacon at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Franklin Township. He worked as a regional administrator of the Small Business Administration under President Jimmy Carter.