Eddie Connor

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Eddie Connor is an American author, professor, public speaker, minister, and radio/TV correspondent.

Early life[edit]

Connor was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in Kingston, Jamaica. As a product of a divorced family, he was raised by his mother. During his teenage years, Connor was diagnosed with stage four cancer, and underwent chemotherapy and radiation.[1]


Since 2012, Connor has been a graduate education professor at Marygrove College.[2] He speaks at churches, community centers, conferences, and colleges. With clergy people, Connor publicly speaks against crime in communities.[3] Connor is a bestselling author of 8 books and founder of the mentoring program Boys 2 Books[4][5] which is geared toward instructing young males via literacy, leadership, and life skills enrichment.[6]

In 2012, as an aide to former U.S. Congressman Hansen Clarke, Connor’s efforts assisted in the development of H.Res.721 which became the impetus for President Barack Obama’s, My Brother's Keeper initiative.[7]

Connor has garnered honors, such as The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award[7] and The Black Male Engagement Award.[8]

In 2016, he was a recipient of The President Barack Obama Volunteer Service Award.[9] Before Obama left office in January of 2017 and named to Michigan Chronicle’s Top 40 under 40.[10]


  • Purposefully Prepared to Persevere, 2006, AuthorHouse, ISBN 978-1425910570 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Collections of Reflections: Volumes 1-3: Symphonies of Strength, 2008, AuthorHouse, ISBN 978-1434350879 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • E.CON the ICON: From Pop Culture to President Barack Obama, 2009, AuthorHouse, ISBN 978-1438969916 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Unwrap The Gift In YOU, 2013, ISBN 978-1494215842 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.[11]
  • Heal Your Heart: Discover How To Live, Love, And Heal From Broken Relationships, 2014, ISBN 978-0692302941 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.[7]
  • My Brother's Keeper, 2015, ISBN 978-0997050400 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.[12]
  • Dear Queen: Jewels of Wisdom for Loving Yourself and Knowing Your Worth, 2017,ISBN 978-0997050448 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.[13][14]
  • WOMAN: Discover Beauty in Brokenness and Wisdom from Your Wounds, 2018, ISBN 978-0997050462 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.


  1. "Five-time Author, Dr. Eddie M. Connor, Jr. speaks from the heart, in his new book Heal Your Heart". The Michigan Chronicle. 29 December 2014.
  2. "Rappers, entrepreneurs star in rally for Detroit youths". Detroit Free Press.
  3. "Church leaders: Stop 'summer of killing' in Detroit". Detroit Free Press.
  4. "TOWAR: Teacher inspires reading with Boys 2 Books program". The Daily Tribune.
  5. "Opening A New World Though Story 'Boys 2 Books' Gives Safe Haven For Learning". CBS Local. 18 January 2014.
  6. "Street Beat Web Exclusive: Dr. Eddie Connor Talks About Literacy". CBS Local. 21 June 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Five-time Author, Dr. Eddie M. Connor, Jr. speaks from the heart, in his new book Heal Your Heart". The Michigan Chronicle. 29 December 2014.
  8. Landon, Simone (24 January 2012). "Black Male Engagement's Detroit Grant Winners Announced". Huffington Post.
  9. Community, BMe (21 November 2017). "Cancer Survivor and Best Selling Author named new host of Michigan Alive". Huffington Post.
  10. "Congratulations to the Michigan Chronicle 40 Under 40 Class of 2017". The Michigan Chronicle. 24 January 2017.
  11. "Eddie Connor Helps Us Unleash, Unlock & Unwrap The Gift In Us". WPZR. 18 December 2013.
  12. "Dr. Eddie Connor Jr. says new book, 'My Brother's Keeper' aims to strengthen Black boys, men - Rolling Out". Rolling Out.
  13. "Dr. Eddie Connor releases 7th book "Dear Queen"". The Michigan Chronicle. 23 January 2017.
  14. "Dr. Eddie Connor Jr. pens 'Dear Queen'; empowers queens to build their queendom". Rolling Out.

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