Ralph Campbell Sr.

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BornAugust 4, 1915
DiedMay 15, 1983(1983-05-15) (aged 67)
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Civil rights activist
  • Organiser

Ralph Campbell Sr. (August 4, 1915 – May 15, 1983) was a civil rights activist and organizer in Raleigh, North Carolina. His wife June was also influential.[1] He worked for the post office. Their son Ralph Campbell Jr. continued their work and was elected state auditor. Another son, Bill Campbell (mayor), served as mayor of Atlanta.[2][3]

He served in World War II and in Korea. Their family home at 804 E. Edenton Street.became a meeting place for organizers. They are buried at Raleigh National Cemetery.

Campbell served as president of the Raleigh Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from December 18, 1960[4] until February 21, 1965.[5] He participated in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.[6]

After his death in 1983, he was commemorated in a joint resolution by the North Carolina General Assembly.[7] In 2005, they were inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame.[8]


  1. "Ralph & June Campbell: Prominent Leaders During the Civil Rights Movement in Raleigh, NC". August 6, 2018.
  2. "Campbell, mother to NC state auditor, former Atlanta mayor, dies". AccessWDUN.
  3. Schlosser, Jim. "ATLANTA'S MAYOR REMAINS UPBEAT". Greensboro News and Record.
  4. "NAACP of City Names R. Campbell As New President". The Carolinian. Vol. 20, no. 11. December 24, 1960. pp. 1–2.
  5. "Ralph Campbell Cited For Service". The Carolinian. Vol. 24, no. 16. February 27, 1965. p. 1.
  6. "Capital City Represented in 'March'". The Carolinian. Vol. 21, no. 44. August 31, 1963. p. 1.
  7. https://ncga.state.nc.us › PDFPDF general assembly of north carolina
  8. "2005 | Raleigh Hall Of Fame". www.raleighhalloffame.org.

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