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Maverick Minister in Civil Rights - 06/06/2013
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Rev. Will D. Campbell, Maverick Minister in Civil Rights Era, Dies at 88 Henry Groskinsky/Time & Life Pictures, via Getty Images The Rev. Will D. Campbell, right, and the Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy comforted each other on April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By  ROBERT D. McFADDEN Published: June 4, 2013 The New York Times FACEBOOK TWITTER GOOGLE+ SAVE E-MAIL SHARE PRINT SINGLE PAGE REPRINTS The Rev. Will D. Campbell, a renegade preacher and author who joined the civil rights struggle in the 1950s, quit organized religion and fought injustice with nonviolent protests and a storyteller’s arsenal of autobiographical tales and fictional histories, died on Monday night in Nashville. He was 88. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @NYTNational  for breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Enlarge This Image Seabury Press The Rev. Will D. Campbell. A family friend, John Egerton, confirmed the death. He said Mr. Campbell had moved to a nursing home in Nashville from his family farm near Mount Juliet, Tenn., after a stroke in 2011. Mr. Campbell, one of the few white clerics with an extensive field record as a civil rights activist, wrote a score of books that explored the human costs of racism and the contradictions of Christian life in the segregated South, notably in a memoir,  “Brother to a Dragonfly”  (1977), a National Book Award finalist. A knot of contradi...

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