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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Virginia Grantham, March 6, 1985. Interview F-0017. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

William Campbell's leadership style

Grantham briefly describes the leadership style of Will Campbell, a leading figure in the Fellowship of Southern Churchman. Focusing her recollections primarily on the 1950s, Grantham explains that Campbell was a charismatic, "deep thinking" person whose religious orientation appealed to what she dubs "the redneck group." According to Grantham, this fusion of "redneck" mentality and liberal thinking was unique and allowed Campbell to be an effective leader.

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Oral History Interview with Virginia Grantham, March 6, 1985. Interview F-0017. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Why don't we react to Will Campbell? What was Will Campbell like?
VIRGINIA GRANTHAM:
Oh, he is a delightful person, that is what Will is like. Because he is so, so different from anybody else that you ever met anywhere at any time.
DALLAS BLANCHARD:
In what way?
VIRGINIA GRANTHAM:
Well, first is his, you know, in his religious orientation is so different. And then I think he has got tremendous influence in among the people that he moves. And you know this commitment I guess you would call it to what he calls the "redneck" group. You know where else do you find anybody else like that, with the liberal ideas connected to it, which makes a lot of paradox.
DALLAS BLANCHARD:
It does.
VIRGINIA GRANTHAM:
It is fascinating, you know. What is coming next? It's for the record. And you know he is really a very deep thinking person I have found.