Civil rights leader Will Campbell dead at age 88

By The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Civil rights leader Will Campbell has died from complications following a stroke. He was 88.

According to The Tennessean (, Campbell’s friend, writer John Egerton, sent an email to Campbell’s friends on Tuesday notifying them of his death Monday night.

Campbell, a minister, was a leader in the fight for desegregation during the civil rights movement.

He was the Nashville representative of a pro-integration operation called the National Council of Churches. Because he was white, he was allowed entry into rooms unapproachable by some of those at the forefront of the movement.

While he supported integration, Campbell preached to those against it.

He’s known for saying: “If you’re gonna love one, you’ve got to love ’em all.”

A memorial service is planned for later this month in Nashville.

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