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

Osizwe Raena Jamila Harwell

in This Woman's Work

Published by University Press of Mississippi

Published in print June 2016 | ISBN: 9781496807588
Published online May 2018 | e-ISBN: 9781496807625 | DOI:
From Podium to Pen and Paper: 72 Hour Hold as Commentary, Critique, and Catharsis

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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

Chapter.  13182 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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