The Rev. William Barber continues to win praise for his work leading the Moral Monday protest movement that began in North Carolina two years ago.

In a recent AP article, supporters compared his efforts to those of Martin Luther King Jr. in leading the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, has been arrested at least five times during protest actions and has led thousands in opposition to the state’s GOP-controlled legislature.

Scholar and civil rights activist Cornel West, who is friends with Barber, describes him as “the only King-like figure we have in the country right now.”

“I have just been overwhelmed by his intellectual and spiritual power,” West said.

Since launching Moral Monday in the streets of Raleigh, Barber has emerged as a sought-after speaker for left-leaning groups nationwide, and he has seen his nascent movement spread to other states.

Here’s an AP video about the man who some say is the new moral voice of America.

Founder and publisher of Qcitymetro, Glenn has worked at newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and The Charlotte Observer.