Bio-Sketch of Founder Gatewood


Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood, Human and Civil Rights Minister

Rev. Curtis Everette Gatewood is best known for his enduring state and local NAACP leadership, Christian ministerial activism, community service, and high visibility on the battlefield for justice.

For example, over the past 30 consecutive years, Rev. Gatewood has served the community and NC NAACP in various statewide capacities such as the following:

In 1994 Gatewood was elected as the youngest to serve as President of the Durham Branch of the NAACP, yet he earned accolades such as the NC NAACP Branch of the Year, and the NC NAACP President of the Year by 1996. Gatewood served as Durham NAACP President from 1995 to 2003.

In 2005, largely due to overwhelming support from youth delegates, Gatewood was elected 2nd Vice President of the NC NAACP State Conference during a highly contested 3-person race. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II was elected NC NAACP President the same year.

In 2006, Dr. Barber would appoint Rev. Gatewood to head the Mobilization Committee for a new idea and vision at the time, known as “Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ).”

In 2011, the NC NAACP would hire Rev. Gatewood full-time as HKonJ Coalition Coordinator. The HKonJ Coalition Partners, and the Annual HKonJ People’s Assembly & Mass Mobilization (also known as “Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People’s Assembly”) grew more than 300 percent during Rev. Gatewood’s tenure as HKonJ Coalition Coordinator from 2011 to 2017. For example those participating in the HKonJ annual march rose from 2,500 to upward 80,000 during that period; during the same period the number of HKonJ Coalition Partners went from 75 to nearly 300.

Gatewood has often been referred to as the “Bayard Rustin of today’s ‘moral movement’.” Rustin is the little known behind-the-scenes key organizer for the 1963 “March on Washington” and civil rights movement of the 1960s . The little known Rustin also served as an adviser to the world-known Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For example, while NC NAACP President Barber has continuously led beyond expectation, Gatewood worked closely by Rev. Barber’s side and became the first Moral Monday protester arrested of the eventual more than 1,000 over the course of the year; Gatewood assisted Barber in touring over 20 counties across the state where Gatewood coordinated and often led local mass meetings to generate statewide support for Moral Monday in its embryonic stages.

Rev. Gatewood now serves as an Organizing & Civil Rights Consultant.

Rev. Gatewood is Founder and Minister of a new social justice ministry known as J.U.S.T.I.C.E. Ministration. “JUSTICE” is the acronym for “Jesus Uniting Souls To Increase Community Engagement.”

On 8/28/17, JUSTICE Ministration kicked off a national campaign known as “Stop Killing Us (SKU) Solutions Campaign & Intergenerational Movement.”

Rev. Gatewood attended Livingstone College as a Business Administration major; He earned a Bachelor of Theology Degree from the Apex School of Theology; His love for children led him to earn an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development from Durham Technical Community College.

Rev. Gatewood was ordained by the County Line Baptist Association through the Penn Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Oxford, NC under the tutorlege of Pastor Rev. Willie S. Darby who also serves as an attorney and the local President of the NAACP.

In keeping with Gatewood’s continuous history of learning from and working closely with great leaders and powerful instruments of faith, beginning with his father, the  Rev. Dr. Wade H. Gatewood –  in addition to working with the likes of Dr. Barber, and Pastor Darby, Gatewood also sits on the steering committee of the National Congress on Faith & Social Justice where he works in partnership with President & CEO Rev. Dr. Jerome McCorry of Atlanta, GA.

Gatewood is married to the loving, dedicated, and beautiful Odessa Burnette Gatewood. They are the parents of Desmera Curtise Gatewood and Anthony Hawkins.

Gatewood is the recipient of numerous local and statewide accolades and awards.



If you would like to make an online donation toward Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood’s JUSTICE Ministry, you may click on the yellow “Donate” button below:

You may also donate by making checks payable to “JUSTICE” and mailing it to:
JUSTICE Ministration c/o HOLLA! Post Office Box 88 Wadesboro, NC 28170.