Mattie was a published poet at 9, and Oprah says that his wisdom was so amazing that she "could do a book of the e-mails he sent me."
Mattie did not disappoint. Talking about wishes that he had, he said, "They were things that would last forever. Going to Disney World ends in a week. Having a shopping spree lasts for a day. But being able to talk to Jimmy Carter, being able to have my books published. Being able to talk to you here today lasts forever."
Sadly, Mattie passed away before he turned 14. We will always miss this phenomenal poet, peacemaker, philosopher and friend.