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Alumnus Pens Book About Overcoming Abusive Past

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Mar 13, 2018

Dr. Danarius Hemphill shares his story of not allowing childhood abuse to keep him from excelling academically.

Alabama State University alumnus Dr. Danarius Hemphill recently published his first book, “Wrongfully Convicted,” a story of a child’s journey against the odds that led him to five academic degrees, accolades, awards and recognition...but most of all, to service, so that many with similar life circumstances would have a pathway to success.

Hemphill, a native of Detroit, said he hopes “Wrongfully Convicted” inspires change through the empowerment of God amid the struggles of 21st-century living.

“It is my vision to relay to the intended audience all the struggles, strategies, and the triumphant victory that has and is taking place within me,” Hemphill said. “I expose my story so that others who have gone through similar experiences realize they too can be healed of the self-inflicted shame, depression and baggage attached to being molested.”

Hemphill faced his personal battles and became the model of success. He earned five degrees, including: a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in (K-12) Leadership, a Master of Arts – Social Justice (public policy), a Master of Education, and a Bachelor of Science from Alabama State University (2008).

In this book, Hemphill uniquely provides supportive action steps, cognitive concepts and spiritual support to his readers. He combines his hardships, struggles with trust, manhood and sexuality, and transforms them all into a compelling testimony that is approachable and practical for anyone wanting to understand the battle or break away from the darkness that sexual abuse can cast.

“Through my writing, I sit with the reader and remind them that they are never in a place so dark that God cannot come to their side and scoop you up and take them to higher ground if they allow him,” Hemphill said. “I encourage the reader to look fear in the face and take a step towards confidence. Real battles, real scars and real victory.”

“Wrongfully Convicted” is currently available for pre-order at It also will be available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble beginning on March 23.

About Dr. Danarius Hemphill

Danarius Monroe Hemphill is a leader, educator, speaker, activist and generation-changer who truly understands the importance of leaving a positive impact and legacy for future generations of progressive leaders in metropolitan Detroit, the United States and abroad.

He is the founder of Individuals Making Progressive Achievements and Continuous Transformation (I.M.P.A.C.T.) Leadership Academy, a non-profit mentoring program. He believes “it is imperative that individuals have the ability to be willing to go the distance despite their limitations, obstacles, opposition, and restrictions,” with the understanding that “greatness always starts with an individual, and the individual is YOU.”

Hemphill also is one of the Michigan Chronicle Honors 40 Under 40 African- American Leaders who exhibited great vision, strong leadership, a love for community, outstanding entrepreneurship, a spirit of philanthropy, and a passion to empower others.
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