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This Woman's WorkThe Writing and Activism of Bebe Moore Campbell$
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Osizwe Raena Jamila Harwell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496807588

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496807588.001.0001

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From Podium to Pen and Paper: 72 Hour Hold as Commentary, Critique, and Catharsis

From Podium to Pen and Paper: 72 Hour Hold as Commentary, Critique, and Catharsis

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(p.113) Chapter Four From Podium to Pen and Paper: 72 Hour Hold as Commentary, Critique, and Catharsis
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This Woman's Work
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Osizwe Raena Jamila Harwell

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496807588.003.0004

Chapter four considers the direct relationship between Campbell’s final novel, 72 Hour Hold, and her activist work with the NAMI-Urban LA. The novel is examined for Campbell’s recurring themes and for its socio-political commentary and emphasis on mental health disparities, coping with mental illness, and advocacy in black communities. It eventually becomes the top recommended reading for the National Alliance of Mental Illness. Campbell’s fictional account, and last major work before her death, bears striking resemblance to her own life and the challenges that emerged with her daughter Maia, upon the onset of bipolar disorder. 72-Hour Hold strategically extends the reach of Campbell’s activism by exposing the racial, economic, and social layers of mental illness to a broad audience.

Keywords:   72 Hour Hold, Mental health stigma, Black motherhood, Mental slavery, Historical memory

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