Powerful. That is the word that comes to mind in preparing this poet spotlight. Powerful…in words; powerful in conviction; powerful in educational and family values; powerful in the strength of an upbringing that focused not on a broken home, but on the true meaning of dignity and belief. Powerful…in perseverance from devastating news that could have cut the life short of a promising poet.
Getting To Know Eddie Connor: Eddie Connor was born in Southfield, Michigan but grew up in Kingston, Jamaica. The British Education that Eddie received, during his formative years in Jamaica, can be attributed to his thirst for knowledge. As a product of a divorced family, Eddie realizes that he was not born with a “silver spoon” in his mouth, but was raised by a strong mother, who instilled in him lifelong values and the importance of governing himself as a positive individual. His mother, Dr. Janice K. Connor (author of Propelling Faith) has been a missionary to Jamaica, for the past twenty-five years, yet has raised her son to be a standout man of excellence. Eddie Connor preached his first message, after being diagnosed with cancer, at the age of fifteen in Kingston, Jamaica proclaiming from Psalm 118:17, “I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord.” He affirms that he was “Destined to Overcome the Odds.” The healing power of God has touched this young man’s life, as he has miraculously been healed from cancer.
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