I am an Atlanta native. A Grady Baby, who was raised between Bankhead and Southwest Atlanta. I love Atlanta, but she doesn't love me and millions of people who look like me.
I am an Atlanta native. A Grady Baby, who was raised between Bankhead and Southwest Atlanta. My Mom was 16 years old when she gave birth to me, and my Dad was right by her side. My parents brought me home to Hollywood Brooks, an apartment complex in Northwest Atlanta. With the help of my grandparents, aunts, uncles and the community, my parents raised me and my sisters from Commercial Avenue to Beecher Street. I was baptized at Elizabeth Baptist Church, the one on MLK in Adamsville. I sang in the youth choir and I served on the youth usher board. I attended Grove Park Elementary School, K-8, and earned perfect attendance. I love Atlanta, but she doesn't love me and millions of people who look like me. Atlanta to me is the City Too Busy To Care. This is what drives me to be the voice for Black youth in Atlanta. Since 2007, I have stood with them and for them, protecting them from those who claim to pray for them, but who are really preying on them. With the help of my amazing wife and daughters and some consequential mentors and board members, I have been able to help thousands of Black boys in Atlanta love themselves, see themselves as valuable to the Atlanta community and world, and empower them to reach back and help others do the same. I am unapologetically Black. I am CJ Stewart.