A Name to Call: Bebe Moore Campbell





















“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.

read more of the statement at the african american literature book club site.

blessings and peace of mind to the family.

(my apologies for posting information sooner…i had heard conflicting stories about her passing and wanted to wait until i found something official. )


~ by Anayah on November 28, 2006.

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