Bootleg preacher

An interview with Will Campbell
A self-described “bootleg preacher,” Will Campbell got into lots of trouble as a minister and advocate for economic justice and racial equality in the South. The iconoclastic Baptist minister was director of religious life at the University of Mississippi in the late 1950s and was later a field officer for the National Council of Churches. He is also known for his books, including the celebrated memoir Brother to a Dragonfly. Campbell received the Presidential Humanities Medal in 2000. Now 84 and living on his farm in Tennessee, Campbell was honored this fall by Yale University with the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice. Asked if he would consent to an interview, he said, “Why not? I don’t have anything to lose. Not much to gain either.”

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