Literary Birthday – 18 February – Bebe Moore Campbell

Bebe Moore Campbell was born 18 February 1950 and died 27 November 2006.


  1. 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.
  2. Discipline is the servant of inspiration.
  3. Forgiveness is the key to the recovery of the soul.
  4. I have to entertain, because if I don’t entertain you, you’re not going to continue reading. But if I’m not out to enlighten, or change your mind about something, or change your behaviour, then I really don’t want to take the journey.
  5. I would get up at 3 in the morning and write. Or sometimes I would write at midnight. Or I would write when my child napped. It wasn’t a burden. I was so enthused about what I was doing at the time that I really didn’t mind.

Bebe Moore Campbell was an American author, essayist, journalist, and teacher. She explored race relations and mental illness in her work. Campbell was 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 Los Angeles Times ‘Best Book of 2001’. Her memoir, Sweet Summer ‘documents a youth spent alternating between her maternal and paternal families’.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 17th February 2021