Ron Eddings’ life is a story of tremendous struggle, tragedy, perseverance, self-discovery, and triumph. His life spans one of the most tumultuous, contentious periods in American history and sheds insight into a number of larger social, cultural, and racial issues. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Ron developed into a star athlete in the shadows of poverty, discrimination, and domestic abuse. He was awarded a baseball scholarship to Howard University, but subsequently dropped out after a knee injury. After returning to Asheville, his life took a number of twists and turns that eventually led to his involvement in drugs and crime activity. After spending nearly eight and a half years in and out of jails and some of the roughest prisons in North Carolina, Ron decided that he had to change his life, and recover the warm, intelligent, courageous person he had left behind. Along the way, he meets his mentors and friends, Scottie and Jack Barnes of Forgiven Ministries who showed him a new way to live. Life was not easy on the outside so walking away from the world of drugs would prove to become the ultimate test in his quest to change his life. Ron takes the stage and shares his battle with his life of crime, and how he set on a path to change everything about him. Ron uses humor and street insight to bring to reality the world of gangs, and incarceration. In 2003,he attended Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, North Carolina, where he became a student leader and won numerous local, state, and national awards. He was voted by his peers as Student Government President and served on numerous committees and boards. That same year he became an honoree member of the CVCC Board of Trustees. He has been featured in The Hickory Daily record, appeared in the Charlotte Observer, and a guess on UNCTV as an advocate for offenders.In 2008 a screenplay was written about his life titled, "From My Eyes, The Ron Eddings Story, and was a finalist at the 2008 Cinema City International Film Festival in Hollywood, CA.Today, Ron is involved in community organizing by helping people who can't help themselves get to the polls and exercise their right to vote. He believes that everyone has a voice and dedicates his days promoting the rights of people to stand up and be heard. In addition to his children’s book Little Dude, he will be releasing his autobiography,” Miserable", available soon.
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By Ronald Eddings
Published: June 29, 2011.
A collection of stories about a kid who spends his days changing peoples lives.
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