Jeni Stepanek Interview Opening
Years ago, I learned about poet and peace activist, Mattie Stepanek, from the Oprah Winfrey Show. Like many Americans, I was deeply moved by the courage and vision of this 11 year old boy who wrote poetry about Global Peace. Mattie spent most of his life in a wheel chair, suffering from a rare form of muscular dystrophy. It was during this show that I also learned about the courage of his mother, Jeni Stepanek, who had lost three children in infancy or early childhood before Mattie. In Mattie’s life he worked with Maya Angelou, President Jimmy Carter, Oprah Winfrey and many, many other people in carrying his message of peace to the world. Mattie died in 2004, but his legacy continues through Jeni.
In this interview with his mother Jeni, who also suffers from the same condition as her children, I saw a women of great intelligence, vision and drive – a women who knows that her role is to carry the legacy of Mattie forward. Jeni has partnered with the We Are Family Foundation to create Three Dot Dash and the annual Just Peace Summit for global youth. For that reason, she is truly a women saving the world. Please visit Mattie’s website to learn more about the book and Jeni’s work.
I hope you enjoy these videos below and I look forward to hearing your comments. Thank you!
VIDEO 1: Jeni’s Life & Mattie’s Calling
VIDEO 2: Mattie’s work with former President Jimmy Carter
VIDEO 3: Mattie’s Calling and “Heartsongs”
VIDEO 4: The Message of Hope: Rescue, Recover, Rebuild & “For The World Poem”
VIDEO 5: Mattie’s Legacy and Jeni’s Calling & Life Work
VIDEO 6: Jeni Speaks about a Three Dot Dash Teen from The Just Peace Summit; Mosa Al Mosawy, 16, Jordan