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Fort Wayne Native Writes Book About Adversity Turned To Triumph

Araceli Gomez-Aldana

DeAntwan Johnson grew up in Fort Wayne and due to personal hardships moved to California when he was 17 years old.

Fastforward 12 years and Johnson has graduated from college, he is working on his second masters degree. He is a counselor for a nonprofit in California and does statistical work for professional sporting events.

Last month he returned to Fort Wayne to talk about his recently published book with local students. Johnson was also the keynote speaker at the annual Youth Empowerment Seminar at Indiana Tech.

Johnson’s book is titled “The Sun is Always Shining; A Story of Adversity Turned to Triumph.”

The Sun is Always Shining book cover.

Interview with Johnson about his book and writing process.

Fort Wayne City Councilman Glynn Hines was a key player in bring Johnson back to Fort Wayne. Councilman Hines talks about why Johnson was invited to be the keynote speaker at the third annual Youth Empowerment Seminar.


DeAntwann Johnson and Fort Wayne City Councilman Glynn Hines.

Johnson spoke to students about his book and personal experiences. Here he talks about why it's important to talk about hardships with a young audience.


Councilman Hines talks about the Youth Empowerment Seminar and the importance of mentorship.  


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