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Barbara was born in northwest Pennsylvania, the youngest of seven children. Her father was a minister and mother taught special education. When Barbara was five, her father went into home missions, moving the family into rural Russell County, Kentucky. After a two-year term of service, the family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. From age seven, Barbara grew up in urban residential South Knoxville in a low-income, working class neighborhood. Barbara’s parents, who had met at Oberlin, were staunch advocates of the Civil Rights movement, and Barbara took action in her high school by walking out of class and going to the principal’s office to report a teacher who was denigrating Dr. King the day following his assassination. Barbara’s parents also protested the Vietnam War; her father made his own signs directed to President Nixon and marched with Barbara and her mother in peace marches. Barbara received her bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s in Urban Multicultural Education from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Barbara has served on the boards of Dismas House (Knoxville), the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, the Knoxville Women’s Center, Women in Transition Partnership (Knoxville), and Community Shares of Tennessee. Barbara attends St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in east Knoxville, where her father served as priest from 1971 until the time of death in 1979 and where she served as vestry clerk for ten years. Barbara describes St. Luke’s as an African American Episcopal parish that is “white friendly, gay friendly, biker friendly and bigot friendly.” Barbara attends St. Luke’s with her sister Nancy Mott and her brother John Mott. Barbara’s hot-point issues include protecting women’s reproductive rights, supporting immigration reform and bringing an end to mountain top removal strip mining.