CATEGORY: Lafayette County

AUTHOR: ARMIST

OXFORD - The Rev. Will Campbell, an early civil rights champion at the University of Mississippi, will return to the Oxford campus to speak during the religious life emphasis of the University's Sesquicentennial celebration.

Campbell, a Baptist minister and lifelong social activist, was the University's first director of religious life in the 1950s. His presentation, "Looking Back: Religion at Ole Miss," will be Thursday in the Student Union ballroom at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

After leaving Ole Miss, Campbell moved to Tennessee and became a consultant on race relations for the National Council of Churches. In 1957, he was among the escorts of the black children who first attempted, unsuccessfully, to integrate public schools in Little Rock. That same year in Atlanta, Campbell was the only white participant at the founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, whose first president was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For more information, call (601) 232-5993.

-John Armistead

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