Shelley Stewart was five years old when he and his brothers watched in horror as their father murdered their mother with an ax. Homeless at the age of six, Stewart found what shelter he could, suffering physical and sexual abuse and racism. Despite heartbreaking setbacks and the racial strife that gripped the South in the 1950s and 1960s, Stewart graduated high school and entered the broadcasting profession. There he became a hugely popular radio personality, rubbing shoulders with the top recording artists of the day and becoming one of the nation’s first black radio station owners.
He helped Dr. Martin Luther King mount the historic Children’s March through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama. Later Stewart would use his powerful communication skills to help convict one of the men who bombed the city’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Then this often-honored man turned his business skills to the creation of a foundation named after his mother; the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation works to convince high school students to stay in school and graduate, a topic Stewart speaks on in his many engagements around the country. Stewart, with author Don Keith, tells his story in his memoir Mattie C.'s Boy.
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About the Author
Award-winning author Don Keith has published more than 25 fiction and nonfiction books. As a broadcast journalist, he won awards from the AP and UPI and was the inaugural winner of Troy University's Hector Award for innovation in broadcast journalism. Keith twice was named Billboard Magazine "Radio Personality of the Year." His first novel, The Forever Season, was named "Fiction of the Year" by the Alabama Library Association. His military thriller, Firing Point, co-written with former submariner George Wallace, is in pre-production as a major motion picture. Don lives in Indian Springs Village, Alabama, with his wife, Charlene. His web site is www.donkeith.com.