Fall 2016 Grant recipient #1: The Voices Project
for July 5th, 2016
The Voices Project is a network of African American and other leaders of color dedicated to the support, training and promotion of marginalized voices. Since receiving our grant, The Voices projected completed their 2016 HBCU Reconnect College Tour. Leroy Barber, founder of The Voices Project, released his book Embrace in September 2016. Finally, The Voices Project is preparing for the Breathe Retreat this month. We are thrilled to see how The Voices Project continues to empower and train leaders of color.
Together, Leroy and Donna Barber have spent nearly thirty years dedicating their lives to confronting poverty, homelessness, and racism, restoring local communities, developing leaders and living what Dr. King called, “the beloved community.”
In various urban contexts, the Barbers have created projects and programs that transform lives. Leroy is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of The Voices Project, a network of African American and other leaders of color dedicated to the support, training and promotion of marginalized voices. He is Chairman for the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and The Simple Way and has authored three books including Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White: Who’s More Precious in His Sight.
As an educator, consultant, and coach, Donna Barber works to develop youth and urban youth program leaders. In addition to being the Co-Founder and Director of Operations at The Voices Project, Donna serves as Academic Director for The Champions Academy, a new initiative of The Portland Leadership Foundation.