2020 Celebrating Black History Month
Community Leadership Awards
Feb 1, 2020
Hank Stewart is a published writer who has been called a catalyst for action and a messenger of hope. He considers spirituality, history and love to be his major inﬂuences for delving into the world of literature.
His ﬁrst three books, “The Answer,” “Second Chance,” and “Be Still and Know,” include topics of love, unity, religion, revealing the Savior to lost souls, and focusing on the power of prayer and the importance of spiritual guidance.
A devoted Christian, Mr. Stewart believes that ﬁrm, spiritual guidance can help an individual remain true to the mission of life and success. He incorporates this belief in his poetry by encouraging people to move to new emotional heights and spiritual levels.
Hank Stewart’s poetry has awarded him many opportunities, including a local radio platform on V-103’s “Quiet Storm;” working on programs with prominent ofﬁcials
such as former Vice President Al Gore; and reciting his works for Jesse Jackson, former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, Andrew Young, Xernona Clayton, Harry Belafonte, and the late Hosea Williams, Ruby Dee, Johnny Cochran, and Harry Belafonte.
Mr. Stewart has performed at the Trumpet Awards and Essence Music Festival. He has written and performed commercials for the McDonald Corporation series entitled, “365 BLACK.” He also has written and performed African-American poetic-renditioned commercials for Fox 5 Atlanta, which resulted in the winning of the 2007 Emmy, Promax and Gabby awards. He received the Man of Distinction Award, Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, and the Distinctive Men Award. Mr. Stewart’s community service dedication also has afforded him many prestigious accolades such as the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Award.
His love for the community led him to co-found with Gwendolyn Mason a youth leadership development foundation focused on strengthening our children – mind, body and soul. The foundation has impacted more than 10,000 youth since its founding and has signiﬁcantly changed their health, ﬁnancial wellness, education, and social and community involvement.
Always looking to advance his career to the next level, Mr. Stewart considers his plight as an author to inspire people to achieve maximum success and to touch as many lives as possible with a message of spirituality, love and history. “I want to leave a positive legacy, be it spiritual, love or history… I want people to think, ‘Whatever Hank Stewart wrote about touched me.’ ”
Because of his gift for the written and spoken word, Hank Stewart has been named a Berean SDA Church Black History Month honoree.