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Empowering people to overcome obstacles and walk in their unique purpose, is the real life message shared by Dr. Eddie M. Connor, Jr. who is a survivor of stage 4 cancer. Dr. Connor is a resident of Detroit, Michigan and grew up in Kingston, Jamaica. He is an Author, College Professor, International Speaker, Radio/TV Correspondent, and founder of Boys 2 Books.
Dr. Eddie M. Connor, Jr. serves as Graduate Education Professor, at the prestigious Marygrove College. Dr. Connor is a bestselling author of 6 books and founder of Boys 2 Books, which provides mentorship to boys and young men via literacy, leadership, and life skills enrichment. Boys 2 Books has received national endorsements, from the U.S. Congress, National Black Law Student Association, and Black Male Engagement Initiative.
While working alongside former Congressman Hansen Clarke, Dr. Connor’s efforts assisted in developing a Resolution in the U.S. Congress (H.Res. 721), to express that bolstering literacy amongst African-American and Hispanic males, is an urgent national priority. The Boys 2 Books program has been endorsed by the United States Congress and Dr. Connor’s development of the H.Res. 721 Resolution, was the impetus for President Barack Obama’s, My Brother's Keeper initiative.
Dr. Connor has garnered prestigious honors, for his community activism and unique leadership ability, such as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, The Black Male Engagement Leadership Award, The Spirit of Detroit Award, and named one of the top 100 leaders in Who’s Who in Black Detroit. Dr. Connor has been featured via ABC News, BET, CBS, FOX News, NBC, PBS, TCT, The Steve Harvey TV Show, The Tom Joyner Show, The Word Network, USA Today, and many other media outlets. Dr. Connor is a contributing writer for the Michigan Chronicle and was also featured in the acclaimed BET documentary, "It Takes A Village to Raise Detroit."
Dr. Connor speaks extensively on the subjects of education, leadership, overcoming obstacles, and maximizing your purpose. As an international speaker, much of his work extends throughout Jamaica and South Africa. Dr. Connor empowers people in churches, community centers, and colleges, by inspiring and motivating others to overcome the odds.