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BEST SELLING AUTHOR AND MENTAL HEALTH
BEBE MOORE CAMPBELL DIES AT AGE 56
'Writer Fought Valiantly to the End in Battle Against Cancer'
Washington, DC ' Today at 12:15 a. m. PST, internationally acclaimed best selling author, writer, and mental advocate, Elizabeth Bebe Moore Campbell Gordon died peacefully at her home in Los Angeles due to complications related to brain cancer. Campbell was diagnosed with a neurological condition in late February by world renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Keith Black who led her medical team.
'My wife was a phenomenal woman who did it her way,' said husband Ellis Gordon Jr. 'She loved her family and her career as a writer. We enjoyed life together as a team and we will miss her immensely and will lover her forever.'
An only child, Elizabeth Bebe Moore Campbell Gordon was born February 18, 1950 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania to Doris Moore and the late George L. P. Moore. She was educated in the Philadelphia Public Schools where she graduated by Philadelphia High School for Girls. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh 1971 and appointed an Alumni Trustee of the University by Chancellor Mark Nordenberg on June 24, 2005.
Upon graduation from the University of Pittsburgh, Elizabeth Bebe Moore Campbell became a teacher and taught elementary school in Atlanta Georgia from 1972 ' 1975.
Bebe quickly learned that teaching was not her life's work. Searching for more, she enrolled in a writing class taught by renowned author Toni Cade Bambara.
Eventually, Campbell left teaching and pursued a career in writing, submitting articles and stories to periodicals such as Essence, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Ebony, Seventeen Magazine, and Black Enterprise Magazine.
Bebe's career as a writer began to blossom, but not without the growing pains that young writers often experience. Her determined spirit and passion for the craft kept her going and she became a well known journalist, writing articles for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Essence, Ebony, Black Enterprise, as well as other publications. She became a regular commentator for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition".
Bebe Moore Campbell is a successful author and of four New York Times bestsellers: Brothers and Sisters, Singing in the Come Back Choir, What You Owe Me, and 72 Hour Hold. She is also the author of LA Times best seller and New York Times notable book of the year, Your Blues Ain't Like Mine for which she won an NAACP Image Award for literature.
Bebe's latest research and writing interests in mental health was motivated by a loved one in her member who is struggling with mental illness. It was the catalyst for her first children's book, Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry, which was published in September 2003. This book won the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Outstanding Literature Award for 2003. Following her children's book, Campbell wrote best seller, 72 Hour Hold which is fictional story about a mother trying to cope with her daughter's bi-polar disorder.
As a result of her deep passion and concern for those with mental illness, Bebe has become an advocate for mental illness and she is the founding members of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) - Inglewood, which is now, NAMI Urban Los Angeles. She is also a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
During her illness, Bebe not stopped writing. She wrote for as long as she could. This past September 2006, her latest children's book was released, 'Stompin' at the Savory.' Early next year, another one of her children's book will be released entitled, I'm So Hungry.'
Once when asked about her favorite book Bebe received numerous awards in her lifetime, including a National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Literature Award (1978), the 1994 NAACP Image Award for literature, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Grant (1980), and the University of Pittsburgh's Distinguished Alumni Award.
Earlier this year, Bebe was faced with a health challenge, which was perhaps one of her greatest of her life. She was diagnosed with brain cancer. She was encouraged by the many expressions of love and concerns from friends and supporters around the country, who gave her a special tribute in September of this year.
Elizabeth Bebe Moore Campbell Gordon leaves to mourn her passing, her husband of 22 years Ellis Gordon, Jr. (Los Angeles); her mother Doris Moore (Los Angeles), her two children, daughter Maia Campbell (Los Angeles), and son, Ellis Gordon, III (Mitchellville, Maryland), one son-in-law, Elias Gutierrez (Los Angeles), one daughter-in-law, Monica Gordon (Mitchellville, Maryland), two granddaughters, Elizabeth Elisha Gutierrez and Zakariya Gordon and a host of other relative and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be sent to two of her favorites, NAMI ' Urban Los Angeles and The United Negro College Fund.
At the time of this release, funeral arrangements had not been made. For more information, please call Linda Wharton Boyd at (202) 669-9139.
|Stomping at the Savory ( 2006)|
|72 Hour Hold (2005)|
|What You Owe Me (2001)|
|Singing in the Comeback Choir (1998)|
|Brothers and Sisters (1994)|
|Your Blues Ain't Like Mine (1992)|
|Sweet Summer: Growing Up With and Without My Dad (1990)|
|Successful Women, Angry Men: Backlash in the Two-Career Marriage (1986)|
|ARTICLES and ESSAYS
Campbell on AALBC.com