Occupy Blogosphere and Celebrating Bebe Moore Campbell
“As I grow older, part of my emotional survival plan must be to actively seek inspiration instead of passively waiting for it to find me. ”
Bebe Moore Campbell
I still miss Bebe, who was called Elizabeth Bebe Moore at birth. She passed almost six years ago, after battling brain cancer, at the age of 56. On February 18, she would’ve been 62. And I still miss her ’cause when I read Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine, I was hooked, which was a story rooted in the death of Emmett Till. In the latter part of her writing career and life, she tackled the subject of mental illness, in the form of a children’s book, Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry and novel, 72 Hours Hold.
It used to be that I’d go to a lot of author readings awhile back but I never got to hear and see Bebe up close. I’d just stalk the internet, waiting for my favorite authors to come out with their latest. One such day when I was scanning the internet for Bebe, I learned she had passed on. Broke my heart, it did, ’cause she was one of them authors that had something relevant to say. As well as being a writer, she began her professional career as a school teacher in my hometown after graduating college and later went on to become a freelance journalist, where she wrote for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Ebony, among other magazines. She was also a regular NPR commentator.
As one who’s always been an avid reader and later, aspiring writer, Bebe Moore Campbell was and continues to be a positive light for me, based on the work she did while being among us. New York Times did a write up after Bebe’s transition, which you may read here.