Roy Campbell was a warrior and hero in our New York City music community. He carried his armament (the trumpet, flugelhorn, flutes) wherever he went, and he went wherever he was needed. He was for the music, he was for his brothers and sisters. He was concerned about the next generation. But he didn’t want his peers to be forgotten. He didn’t want the History of this music, which was born out of struggle, to be forgotten. His music was not born in a university, but came from the struggle that he endured every day as a black man and as a human being trying to rise up and raise up.
Valerie Campbell-Morris, Roy Campbell’s sister, requested that at this time in lieu of flowers they would ask that any donations be submitted to Arts for Art in memory of Roy S. Campbell, Jr.
who used words like scalpels to cut out the disease
of our un-kind un-just un-liberated culture
but not only did he write words that cut away falseness to reveal truth or at least make us question
an unhealthy world that we take for granted as normal
but in addition – he was always there
He showed Up where he was needed
Now there is no one to show Up except us all
We must carry on
We must never stop striving’
till We All are Free
till We are All living With Justice and Humanity.
Amiri Baraka’s Wake: Friday, January 17th, Metropolitan Baptist Church, 4pm to 9pm.
149 Springfield Avenue, Newark, NJ.
Funeral: Saturday, January 18th at Newark Symphony Hall at 10am.
1020 Broad Street, Newark, NJ.
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