The Road South by Shelley Stewart
A Memoir

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As a five-year-old in Home-wood, Alabama, Shelley Stewart watched his father kill his mother with an axe. Two years later, Stewart escaped the care of abusive relatives, making a living as a stable hand. A stint in the army led to electroshock treatments for trying to integrate whites-only dances. But despite numerous setbacks, he never gave up his will to succeed. Eventually, odd jobs at radio stations laid the foundation for a 50-year career in broadcasting. As an African-American radio personality, Stewart reached out to Jim Crow Alabama, using music to integrate his audience. Along the way, he helped launch the careers of such legends as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, and Gladys Knight. Instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement, he publicized the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A remarkable witness to and participant in the momentous social changes of the last three decades, Stewart, now a successful businessman and community leader, shares his courageous personal story that shows the indomitable strength of the human spirit.
 

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Stewart has worked in the radio business for more than 50 years. He is co-owner of WATV-AM Radio, Birmingham. He is also vice-chairman and chief consulting officer of O2 Ideas, one of Alabama's largest advertising agencies.
 
Published July 10, 2002 by Grand Central Publishing. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Southern radio personality Shelley "the Playboy" Stewart chronicles his rocky beginnings, professional rise, and never-ending struggle to find love.

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In this riveting memoir, Stewart, a prominent African-American businessman and radio personality for more than 50 years, tells a harrowing, inspiring story rivaling any of the current hard-bitten c

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In this riveting memoir, Stewart, a prominent African-American businessman and radio personality for more than 50 years, tells a harrowing, inspiring story rivaling any of the current hard-bitten chronicles heralding triumph over poverty and other social obstacles.

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