Mississippi native, Baptist preacher, author, and civil rights activist Will D. Campbell passed away on Monday, June 3 at the age of 88.
Known for a lifetime of humanitarian work, Campbell was directly involved with many key events of the Civil Rights Movement. He left the University of Mississippi as its director of religious life in 1954 due to death threats over his support for desegregation. Several years later, in 1957, he escorted the Little Rock 9 into high school, and became the only white person invited by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a founding member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He participated in the 1961 Freedom Rides, and the 1963 Birmingham, Alabama civil rights demonstrations. In 1963, he became the Director of the Committee of Southern Churchmen (formerly the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen), where he worked until the late 1970s. In 1977, he wrote a memoir, Brother to a Dragonfly, for which he became a finalist for the National Book Award, and in 2000, he was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities medal by President Bill Clinton.
The Civil Rights Digital Library contains numerous archival collection and reference resources on Will D. Campbell, all available at http://crdl.usg.edu/people/c/campbell_will_d/
Digitizing Georgia’s Cultural Heritage–interview with DLG associate director and DPLA service hub director Sheila McAlister
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched its service and content hubs on April 18th.
Read this interview, “Digitizing Georgia’s Cultural Heritage,” with associate director of the Digital Library of Georgia and DPLA service hub director Sheila McAlister to learn more about the Digital Library of Georgia, and its role as one of the six service hubs for the DPLA project, the first national-scale endeavor to aggregate existing content from state and regional digital libraries to be made searchable from a single portal.
The interview was conducted by Annie Schutte, a consultant for the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, and originally appeared on the Knight Foundation’s blog Knight Blog.