Rev. J. Campbell: “Personality not Pigmentation”

In collaboration with the Rev. Allison Palm, the UU Church of Nashua (NH) Jeffrey Campbell Study Group created and led a service on Jeffrey and Marguerite Campbell on February 11, 2018. Since then, our guest speakers have presented this service to six more UU Churches in New Hampshire and Vermont. Their intent has been to bring this story out of obscurity and to center the efforts of Black Unitarian Universalists in our faith.

Jeffrey and Marguerite Campbell were mid-twentieth century Black Unitarian Universalist leaders whose ministry to our faith was repeatedly undermined by the racism of their fellow Unitarian Universalists. The Rev. Jeffrey Campbell, despite having been ordained, having excellent credentials and glowing references, never obtained the full-time ministry he sought. He did serve as a part-time Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst from 1967 to 1974. Marguerite Campbell worked for the central offices of her faith for 30 years, despite her marriage to Francis Davis being the target of a racist attack by a high-profile Universalist leader.

Lay Leader: Steve Rice

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