Eddie's letter and poem, "Side Streets," sent to then-President William Clinton, resulted in the purchase of the first work of art by an African American artist to be added to the permanent White House art collection. An inclusion from that letter in, "Invitation to the White House by then-First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton," reads:
"I implore you to think about the impact that a tour of the White House has on African American children, who travel great distances to see the home of our President, only to have it reinforced that they are invisible in many areas of America's glorious history."
Eddie has presented his poetry at noted venues, including St. Marks Church in the East Village, NY; City College of NY, Poetry in Performance, Aaron Davis Hall; 4th Annual Midwest Poets & Writers Conference, Detroit, MI; 1st Annual Woodstock Poetry Festival, NY; and le Duc des Lombards Jazz Club, Paris, France. His work has been translated into French and Russian.
Eddie Bell has been a youth advocate his entire professional career and is a pioneer in providing higher educational opportunity to students of color through the development innovative programs and approaches, enabling them to gain admission to the State University of New York. He currently is a member of the Arts Advisory Committee for the Friendship Day School for Science and the Arts, Charlotte, NC, and recently conducted a well-regarded poetry workshop for its kindergarten students.
He resides in Charlotte, NC.
Eddie Bell offers a range of services that include poetry performance, freelance journalism, motivational speaker, youth college preparedness workshops and counseling for ethnically diverse students, and effective college essay writing.
Eddie Bell has read his work nationwide in colleges and universities, libraries, and numerous other public venues and uses his poetry as a springboard to engage students from kindergarten to university in topics of social importance, personal development, and to encourage their creative endeavors.
His lengthy career as an Admissions Dean, Assistant Vice Chancellor, and Minority Program Director for one of the nation's largest university systems gives him a unique perspective and capability to consult in the program development for college-bound young people.
As a senior church administrator and College Club Director, Eddie Bell is proficient in the development and operation of church-based college preparatory programs for small churches populated with first-generation, low-income students.