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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Bebe Moore-Campbell: Journalist/Novelist 1950-2006

"Her writing is clean and clear, her emotions run hot, but her most important characteristic is uncompromising intelligence coupled with a perfectionist’s eye for detail." Author Carolyn See writing about Campbell in a book review for The Washington Post’s Book World section
Here is Clark Dark with more about the late Bebe Moore-Campbell. Elizabeth Bebe Moore Campbell Gordon was born February 18, 1950 in Philadelphia to Doris Moore and the late George L.P. Moore. She attended Girls High School and went on to earn a B.S. in elementary education in 1971 from the University of Pittsburgh. Campbell died on Monday from complications of brain cancer, according to her publicist. She was 56.

Campbell taught elementary school in Atlanta from 1972 to 1975 and was bitten by the writing bug when she took a course from author Toni Cade Bambara. Campbell soon left teaching to pursue a career in writing.

From Bebe Moore's web site:

"Novelist Bebe Moore Campbell is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, Brothers and Sisters, Singing in the Comeback Choir, and What You Owe Me, which was also a LA Times 'Best Book of 2001.' Her other works include the novel, Your Blues Ain't Like Mine, which was a New York Times notable book of the year and the winner of the NAACP Image Award for Literature, her memoir, Sweet Summer, Growing Up With and Without My Dad, and her first nonfiction book, Successful Women, Angry Men: Backlash in the Two-Career Marriage. Her essays, articles and excerpts appear in many anthologies."

In 2003 her very first children's book was published, Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry, it was a display of her interest in mental health. This book tells the story of how a little girl copes with being reared by her mentally ill mother. The book garnered the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Outstanding Literature Award for 2003. Ms. Campbell is a founding member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Inglewood and a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally. Her latest novel, published in 2005, "Seventy Two Hour Hold" also deals with the subject of mental health, specifically bi-polar disorder.

I regularly listened to Bebe Moore on NPR's "Morning Edition." She was a contributor to the "The New York Times Magazine," "The Washington Post," "The Los Angeles Times," "Essence," "Ebony," and "Black Enterprise".

Bebe Moore-Campbell Gordon will long be remembered as one of black America's most important modern writers. Campbell’s passion, strength and generous spirit will also be a reminder of her presence among us.

"I am trying to live my best life now and hope that you can do the same, as well. For me, that means having peace of mind and faith in God." the lateElizabeth Bebe Moore Campbell Gordon writing about her life in May 2006
She lived in Los Angeles with her husband, Ellis Gordon Jr. She has a son and a daughter.

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