Feisty civil rights activist Will Campbell dies at 88

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Will Campbell died Monday (June 3) at the age of 88. RNS file photo

Will Campbell died Monday (June 3) at the age of 88. RNS file photo

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(RNS) A Southern Baptist who drank moonshine with the Catholic nuns he counted as his friends, Campbell was an equal-opportunity critic, castigating liberals as well as conservatives in his writing, preaching and storytelling.

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  • I knew Will Campbell for many years, but others knew him much longer. He was one of those rare Southerners who thought deeply about the struggles with racism and our past of all of us — black and white. We had to change the way we thought about each other and the way we lived together or we and our children would have grim lives ahead.

    Will was a gentle but firm Southern Christian voice that made it all work. It took many years for us Southerners to understand our past and the promise of our future, but it worked. ill was a voice who helped us find that future.

    God rest his soul. It was one of most interestimg to travel this earth in a good while

  • Thank you for your article about Uncle Will. He is my Mother’s, Lorraine Campbell Honea, brother. He was a kind and gentle man with a lot of wisdom. He was a jewel to our family and the world family. He contributed much to our humanity and our ability to see life more clearly. God Bless his Soul. I pray for Aunt Brenda (Uncle Will’s wife) and his grown children and grandchildren. I know they will have a big empty spot at the table.
    Uncle Will was larger than life. I will miss you with all my heart. Thank you.

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