Oral History

Robert Lee Campbell - Speaking on his childhood, faith, and environmental justice

Interviewed by Adwoa Asare on April 1, 2011

“All God's people coming together and then you hear the voice that said, "I went to the mountain top and what did I see?" I saw all God's people coming together, black, white, red, holding hands and chanting "peace and unity. What do you want? Justice!" And just to hear that echo and look around and see not just teenagers, not just middle-aged, but you saw the whole coming together, desiring the same thing."

- Minister Robert Campbell

Minister Robert Campbell , of Faith Tabernacle Oasis of Love International Church in Chapel Hill, was born and raised in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area; in this interview he speaks about growing up in the Northside neighborhood, his family, and values he was taught as a child. Campbell discusses his work as a member of the local NAACP and leader of RENA and how that has brought attention to environmental justice issues in the community, and provides some background information in this interview about why people have united in the faith community. Minister Campbell speaks about the Ministerial Alliance of African-American churches; his current congregation; the importance of compassion.

Robert Lee Campbell - Speaking on his childhood, faith, and environmental justice

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Oral history interview of Campbell, Robert Lee conducted by Asare, Adwoa on April 1, 2011. Processed by Mueller, Holly.

Citation: Southern Oral History Program, “Robert Lee Campbell - Speaking on his childhood, faith, and environmental justice,” From the Rock Wall, accessed August 10, 2022, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/robert-lee-campbell-speaking-on-his-childhood-faith-and-environmental-justice.

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