Hank Stewart is Poetry in Motion

Hank’s remarkable journey, reminds us that “Poetry in Motion” isn’t just a poetic phrase —it’s a call to action, an invitation to intertwine the beauty of words with the power of service.

With an artistic career spanning over 25 years, Hank Stewart is an Emmy Award-winning author, best-selling poet, and Poet Laureate. His exceptional talent has opened doors to unique opportunities, including recitations of his work in the presence of civil rights icon Mrs. Rosa Parks and former First Lady Michelle Obama. Hank has also crafted and performed commercials for The McDonald’s Corporation and WAGA-Atlanta Black History segments, garnering accolades such as the 2007 Emmy, Promax, and Gabby Awards.

Hank’s creative prowess extends beyond personal performances; he has also written and performed commercials for The McDonalds Corporation and produced WAGA-Atlanta Black History segments. These endeavors garnered him numerous accolades, including the prestigious 2007 Emmy, Promax, and Gabby Awards. One of his most celebrated works, the poem “Chocolate,” was adapted by the renowned R&B artist Will Downing for his recent album, “The Song Garden.

Notably, Hank’s poetry has caught the attention of other prominent figures as well. For instance, his poem “It” was requested by Deion Sanders, illustrating the widespread appeal and recognition of his artistry. These anecdotes are just a glimpse of the many instances where Hank Stewart’s poetry has been sought after and cherished by well-known individuals.

Hank, a poet par excellence, has embraced this idea with open arms, using the concept of “Poetry in Motion” to create a profound impact on his community through acts of selfless service birthed from his gift of poetic verse.

Hank’s journey into the world of poetry and community service began with a profound belief that poetry could transcend the confines of the written word and find its true essence in the lives of people. This belief gave birth to his commitment to community service, one that seamlessly blends the beauty of poetry with the power of action

Throughout the last few decades, Hank Stewart’s poetry has opened numerous doors for him, leading to significant opportunities. He has been involved in programs alongside esteemed figures, including former Vice President Al Gore, and he had the privilege of crafting a piece in honor of the mother of the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks, with a heartfelt dedication.

He holds a deep reverence and admiration for Civil Rights Icons, recognizing their profound sacrifices. He treasures the invaluable experience of learning from and being in the presence of trailblazers and change-makers like Dr. Joseph Lowery, Mrs. Xernona Clayton, Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. C.T. Vivian, Dr. Charles Steele, Congressman John Lewis, Attorney Janice Mathis, Dr. Thomas Todd, Thomas Dortch, and, of course, his mentor, Dr. Cameron Madison Alexander.

Hank has shared his poetic talents with a distinguished audience that includes Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, Ruby Dee, and Tuskegee Airman Val Archer.

To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required

Hank serves as a catalyst for inspiring transformative movements. He initiated the “Walk Against the Call,” a campaign to raise breast cancer awareness that has successfully generated over $100,000 in funds. Additionally, he is the visionary behind events like the Annual White Linen Affair, Hot Chocolate, Love Jones Sundays, and Five Men on a Stool.

In collaboration with Gwendolyn Mason, Hank established a foundation dedicated to nurturing youth leadership development by emphasizing the holistic growth of young minds, bodies, and souls. The Stewart Foundation has positively impacted more than 10,000 young individuals throughout its existence.

Hank Stewart, not only a devoted father to Austin O’Connell Stewart and a cherished friend to many, but also a brother to all of humanity, stands as a significant historical figure. Most importantly, he is a child of God using his gifts and walking in his purpose.

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