Born in Amite County, Mississippi in 1924, Will Campbell became an ordained minister at age 17 before attending Louisiana College. After attending Louisiana College, Will served as a medic during World War II.
Mr. Campbell held a multitude of professions over his career as a civil rights activist that resulted in an impressive resume. In 1954, Mr. Campbell served as the Director of Religious Life at the University of Mississippi until he received hostility for being a supporter of integration. He then worked as a field director for the National Council of Churches where he aided in efforts to escort black students into Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1963, Mr. Campbell became the director of the Committee of Southern Churchmen where his contributions to the Katalagete: Be Reconciled journal had a controversial effect on his reputation as a civil rights activist.
He authored several books, including Brother to a Dragonfly, Providence, Forty Acres and a Goat, and The Glad River.
Mr. Campbell passed away in June of 2013.
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Jay, Jeff. “Will D. Campbell: An Unconventional Approach to Racial Reconciliation”. The University of Chicago, October 10, 2013. Accessed October 17, 2017. https://divinity.uchicago.edu/sightings/will-d-campbell-unconventional-approach-racial-reconciliation-%E2%80%94-jeff-jay-0