Barak Gibson is a freedom fighter.
Don’t let his kind smile and gentle demeanor fool you into thinking he is an ordinary man. He is living proof that people can be transformed. Barak Gibson was born in Dallas Texas and grew up going to church every Sunday.
The conservative culture began to mold and shape his life and outlook on the world. Prejudice, bias, oppression, hate and fear were all around. Barak learned that one way to feel better about yourself was to look down on others. He hated that he was made fun of because he was chubby. He hated that he was so poor that some days there was no food in the family cupboard. Sadly, he even started to hate people. He started to despise people of different skin tones, religions, economic status and sexual orientation. His anger and bitterness especially came out at the gay community; he ridiculed and threatened those around him simply because they were different. There was a cancer growing in him, and it was taking over.
Barak learned to play the game. On the outside, he appeared to be successful and many thought he had accomplished the American Dream. He started a successful business that grew into a franchise system, he was a leader in the community and church, and was married to his beautiful partner Cynthia. However, internally Barak was a disaster. Hatred, hopelessness, hurt and hardness filled his heart.
In 2005, Barak had a spiritual awakening and through this experience, he gained freedom from the demons that were raging inside. And once Barak was enlightened to just how bound he had been, and he tasted freedom, he desired that all people should be free.
In 2007, Barak and Cynthia moved to Selma, Alabama. Selma is one of the most racially and economically segregated cities in America and for 7 years, they brought love and hope to the community. Selma authenticated Barak in the principles and ways of nonviolence he never dreamed possible.
Influenced by the nonviolent strategy of Martin Luther King, Barak started teaching nonviolence to college students who came to Selma on Spring Break. New Way’s message is to stick with love. Barak’s mission is to expose the deeper issues that plague our world and recruit fighters for a different kind of army…an army of love. The guy who was once filled with so much hate, brokenness and disdain, is now spreading a message of equality, healing and reconciliation. Now, that is a freedom fighter!
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