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Nashville Civil Rights Minister Will Campbell Dies

posted on June 5, 2013

Nancy DeVille of The Tennessean reports the death of the Rev. Will D. Campbell, “an unconventional preacher who stood with demonstrators against segregation in Nashville and throughout the South and also ministered to leaders of the Ku Klux Klan.” He died Monday night at the age of 88. DeVille writes, “In 1968, he was the lone white man to join those grieving in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis hours after the assassination of his friend, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.” The civil rights leader Bernard Lafayette said of Campbell’s work with the KKK: “He realized he needed to spend more time with the people who were misguided and those who harbored racist attitudes. The Klansmen were members of his own community and he needed to minister to them.”

Read at USA Today