Out of the Darkness Walks – Team STRAT

outofdarknessThe Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for AFSP’s vision to create a world without suicide.

from Barry Campbell:

We will be walking on February 7, 2015, for David Campbell (aka STRAT) – beloved son, father, rap artist, poet, and friend.  He touched the lives of many and his footprints on their lives enhanced their world.  Although we have lost him in life, he will live through his son Taylor, his poetry, his music, and many wonderful memories.  He will be forever loved and remembered by his family and friends.

We will be joining with many other people to walk in the Orlando 8th Annual Community Walk, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and we would appreciate any support that you give for this worthwhile cause.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 39,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP’s mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.

You can visit the Team STRAT page here. My wife and I miss David (STRAT) as well as his creativity expressed through his songs and poetry. And, like my brother and his wife, we enjoy watching David’s son Taylor growing up even though we live too far away from Orlando to see him as often as we would like.

These walks not only help raise funds but are walks of a million memories.



‘big bad slam poet’ released as e-book

The EBook version of Dave Campbell’s “big bad slam poet” was released on August 4, 2011.  This slam poetry EBook is available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iBooks and on the computer with iTunes.  It is also available from lulu.com as an EPUB for the Adobe Digital Editions computer format.

The EBook includes all of the poems in the print version of the book that was published in October, 2009.  Among the poems are “emergency”, “inspire”, “the way atlas shrugged”, and “kiss the scars”.  Some of the poems in the EBook are also performed by Campbell (aka STRAT) on a CD that has the same title as the book and that was released in November, 2009.

Campbell, who died in 2008, won numerous poetry slams and rap battles.  He is known to many in the Orlando area arts community and beyond as a talented poet and hip hop artist.  He grew up in the Orlando area and refined his poetry and hip hop skills while working at various jobs.  His book and his CD have insightful poems about relationships and life in general.  The name of both the book and the CD are also the title of one of Campbell’s poems.


Out of the Darkness

Every sixteen minutes, someone in the United States dies by suicide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

The AFSP conducts Out of the Darkness walks to increase national awareness and to help raise funds for education and research for suicide prevention.

I am pleased that my brother, Barry, will be participating in the upcoming Orlando, Florida Annual Community Walk on February 5th. He will be walking for TEAM STRAT in honor of the late rap artist and poet David Campbell (STRAT).

“Although we have lost him in life, he will always live on through his son Taylor, his poetry, his music, and many wonderful memories.”

The Orlando walk will be held February 5, 2011 at Baldwin Park: 2420 Lakemont Ave.