Will Davis Campbell
Will Davis Campbell was
a major supporter of the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi. Born
July 18, 1924, in Amite County, Mississippi, Campbell grew up in
Liberty, Mississippi a town name fitting for what Campbell
wanted to find through his work as a Civil Rights activist and a
preacher. Campbell earned his A.B. at Wake
Forest College and a B.D. from Yale. He died June 3, 2013, in Nashville from complications follow a stroke. He was 88.
He was a Baptist preacher in Taylor,
Louisiana, for two years before taking the position of Director
of Religious Life at the University
of Mississippi from 1954 to 1956. Forced to leave the university
because of his ardent Civil Rights participation, Campbell served
on the National Council of Churches in New York as a race relations
consultant. Campbell worked closely with the Rev. Martin Luther
King, Jr., John Lewis, and Andrew Young towards bettering race relations.
Today, he continues his pursuit of spiritual and racial liberty
as a pastor in Tennessee.
Campbell's Brother to a Dragonfly
earned him the Lillian Smith Prize, the Christopher Award, and a
National Book Award nomination. The Glad River won a first-place
award from the Friends of American Writers in 1982. His works have
also won a Lyndhurst Prize and an Alex Haley Award.
Updated 4 June 2013
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D. Campbell information from The Mississippi Writers
and Musicians Project.
- The Glad River. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982.
- Cecelia's Sin: A Novella. Historical introduction by Eric W. Gritsch. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1983.
- Chester & Chun Ling. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1989.
- The Pear Tree that Bloomed in the Fall. (juvenile fiction). Illustrated by Elaine Kernea. Franklin, Tennessee: Providence House Publisher, 1996.
- Shugah and Doops (Father Thyme). (juvenile fiction). Franklin, Tennessee: Providence House Publisher, 1998.
- Bluebirds Always Come on Sunday (Father Thyme). (juvenile fiction). Franklin, Tennessee: Providence House Publisher, 1998.
- Race and the Renewal of the Church. Philadelphia: Westminster
- We Are a Third Race. Cincinnati: Forward Movement Publications,
- (with James Y. Holloway) Up to Our Steeples in Politics.
New York, Paulist Press, 1970.
- Brother to a Dragonfly. Seabury Press, 1977; New York:
- God on Earth: The Lord's Prayer for Our Time. New York:
- Forty Acres and a Goat: A Memoir. Peachtree Publishers,
1986. San Francisco: Perennial Library, 1988.
- The Convention: A Parable. Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers,
- Providence. Atlanta, Ga.: Longstreet Press, 1992.
- The Stem of Jessie: The Costs of Community at a 1960s Southern
School. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1995.
- And Also With You: Duncan Gray and the American Dilemma.
Franklin, Tennessee: Providence House, 1997.
- Rogert G. Clarks Journey to the House: A Black Politicians
Story. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2003.
Other works edited or written by Will D. Campbell:
- "The Sit-Ins: Passive Resistance or Civil Disobedience?" Social Action 27.5 (1961): 14.
- "The Role of Religious Organizations in the Desegregation Controversy." Union Seminary Quarterly Review 16.2 (1961): 187.
- The Failure and the Hope: Essays of Southern Churchmen. Edited by Will D. Campbell and James Y. Holloway. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1972. (Essays appeared first in Katallagete, the journal of the Committee of Southern Churchmen.)
- "And The Criminals With Him ..." Lk 23:33; A First-Person Book about Prisons. Deus Books series. Edited by Will D. Campbell and James Y. Holloway. New York, Paulist Press 1973. (Articles originally published in the 1972 winter-spring issue of Katallagete.)
- Callings! Deus books series. Edited by James Y. Holloway and Will D. Campbell. New York, Paulist Press, 1974. (Most chapters originally published in the 1972 fall-winter issue of Katallagete, journal of the Committee of Southern Churchmen.)
- Covenant: Faces, Voices, Places. Photographs by Al Clayton, words by Will D. Campbell. Atlanta, Ga.: Peachtree Publishers, 1989.
- Bergeron, Kate. "South is abuzz with dragonflies." Sun Herald Online (18 May 1997).
- Biddle, Perry H., Jr. "Of Alms and a Man Who Sings: The Life and Times of Will D. Campbell." Sojourners 22.4 (May 1993): 40.
- Connelly, Thomas Lawrence. Will Campbell and the Ssoul of the South. New York: Continuum, 1982.
- Gibble, Kenneth L. "Living Out the Drama." The Christian Century 101 (30 May 1984): 570-74.
- Hawkins, Merrill M., Jr. Will Campbell: Radical Prophet of the South. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1997.
- Kennedy, Thomas. "Will D. Campbell." in Twentieth-Century Shapers of American Popular Religion. Ed. Charles H. Lippy. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1989. 65-72.
- Samway, Patrick H. "Will Campbell: Fabled Preacher." America 163 (25 August-1 September 1990): 106-07.
- Wright, Lawrence. "The First Church of Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer." Rolling Stone (13-27 December 1990): 132-33+.
- Wright, Lawrence. Saints & Sinners: Walker Railey, Jimmy Swaggart, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Anton LaVey, Will Campbell, Matthew Fox. New York: Knopf, 1993. 157-202.
Book Reviews and Criticism:
- Bishop, Roger. Review of And Also with You: Duncan Gray and the American Dilemma. BookPage (October 1997).
- Review of Brother to a Dragon Fly. Union Seminary Quarterly Review 33.2 (1978): 101.
- Edmonds, Anthony O. Review of Forty Acres and a Goat. Library Journal 111 (15 October 1986): 88.
- Friesinger, Alison. Review of Forty Acres and a Goat. New York Times Book Review (16 November 1986): 25.
- George, Timothy. "Southern Baptist Theology: Whence and Whither?" The Founders Journal 19/20 (Winter/Spring 1995).
- Kennedy, Thomas. "Gimme That Old Time Religion: John Crowe Ransom and Will D. Campbell as Critics of American Religion." Border States (March 1989).
- Loy, R. Philip. Review of Up to Our Steeples in Politics, by Will D. Campbell and James Y. Holloway. Christian Scholar's Review 1.3 (1971): 255.
- Marty, Myron A. Review of Forty Acres and a Goat. The Christian Century 104 (28 January 1987): 89.
- Vance, Melvin. Review of Up to Our Steeples in Politics, by Will D. Campbell and James Y. Holloway. Union Seminary Quarterly Review 28.2. (1973): 177.
Will D. Campbell (Wikipedia article).
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