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Darrius Garrett      

Actor, Author, Motivational Speaker & Original Freedom Writer

Bestselling Author, Motivational Speaker, Mental Health Advocate, YouTuber and Original Freedom Writer Darrius Garrett transitioned from the hood to humanitarian, reaching heights he could once only imagine.

As an inner-city youth of Long Beach, California, Garrett could have quickly become a product of his environment but instead rose to become a community pillar. He became a New York Times bestselling author at a young age when he co-wrote The Freedom Writers Diary along with his classmates and teacher Erin Gruwell, which inspired the 2007 movie Freedom Writers starring Hilary Swank. In the film, Garrett is portrayed as the heart-wrenching character Marcus. He also wrote and performed the song “Change” for the movie’s soundtrack. Garrett’s most recent works include his personal memoir "Diary of a Freedom Writer: The Experience" expressing his trials, triumphs and failures before, after & during his time as a Freedom Writer.

Motivating his audiences with his story of hope, tolerance, and action, Garrett encourages his audience to become the fire that ignites change as his motto and goal is to Educate, Encourage & Inspire all.

Speech Topics

How to channel Great Ideas

Freedom Writers

Writing a Bestselling book

The effects of Violence

The effects of Drugs


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Goals, Morals

Leaving a Legacy




Sexual Abuse



Death (Dealing With Loss)







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Diary of a Freedom Writer: The Experience by Darrius Garrett ...
Diary of a Freedom Writer has 29 ratings and 7 reviews. Jamie said: This was such an enlightening and inspirational book. The author wrote from the heart...
Darrius Garrett (Author of Diary of a Freedom Writer)
In a few short years, author, songwriter, motivational speaker and freedom writer Darrius Garrett transitioned from the 'hood to humanitarian, reaching h...

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