LYNCHBURG, Tenn. – Inspirational speaker, author, and budding media personality Inky Johnson will bring his positive message of hope and perseverance to Motlow College on Wednesday, Oct. 22, as part of Motlow’s observance of National Employment Disability Awareness Month. The public is invited to hear Johnson at 10:50 a.m. in Room 105 inside the Marcum Technology Center on the Moore County campus.
In 2006 while playing football for the University of Tennessee, Johnson suffered a life-threatening injury on the field against Air Force. Attempting to tackle Air Force running back Justin Handley, Johnson thrust his shoulder into the player’s body which caused traumatic injury to Johnson’s nerves.
While the injury left Johnson’s right arm completely paralyzed and ended his playing career, it did not discourage Johnson from being an active member in the community. Johnson, who grew up in inner-city Atlanta and still lives near the city, now mentors underprivileged children in Atlanta and Knoxville.
He is also a motivational speaker who tours the country giving talks about perseverance and his faith. His book, an autobiography titled, “Inky: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance”, was released in 2011 and can be purchased at any major book retail or online outlet.
“I just feel like God led me here,” said Johnson. “I’m a person who goes the direction that I think God’s pointing me.”
The Motlow speaking engagement marks the second appearance Johnson has made in this area in the last few months. In August, Johnson spoke to the Tullahoma High School football team during a dinner sponsored by the Tullahoma Quarterback Club. He spoke to the players about leadership and service outside of football.
“Who you are as a person is way more important than who you are as a football player,” said Johnson. “I’m bringing you this message not for the game of football, although I love the game of football. I want you guys to be great role models. I want you to be great husbands. I want you guys to be great men. I want you to be able to go out in your community and contribute and lead in such a way that people look at you and are willing to follow.”
Follow Johnson on social media outlets, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube at Inky Johnson. He shares his ‘InkSpirations’, which are daily recordings featuring his inspirational thoughts and insights, at <www.soundcloud.com/mortgage-investors-group>.
For more about Johnson’s appearance at Motlow, contact Sonya Hood, director of disability services and testing, by calling (931) 393-1765 or emailing <firstname.lastname@example.org>.