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HK Derryberry & Jim Bradford  

Motivational Speakers & Authors of "The Awakening of HK Derryberry"

HK Derryberry is a motivational speaker. With his friend, mentor and speaking partner, Jim Bradford, he has shared his amazing story of hope and determination with more 150,000 people since 2016.

HK was featured nationally in USA Today, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and The Huckabee Show on TBN. His book, “The Awakening of HK Derryberry” is an Amazon best seller and the 2017 Audi Award winner for the nation’s best non-fiction faith based audio book.

Born July 13, 1990 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, HK arrived three months premature due to an automobile accident that took his nineteen year old mothers life. His father, now deceased, abandoned him at age five and his paternal grandmother has raised him. The accident and premature birth left HK with physical and intellectual disabilities including blind and cerebral palsy.

HK is a graduate of the Tennessee School for The Blind where he served as a cheerleader and, as a senior, was selected by his classmates to receive one of school’s highest honors “King of the Senior Prom.” HK served two terms on the Nashville Mayor’s Advisory Council for People With Disabilities, received Nashville’s Trey Pointer “Young Citizen of The Year Award,” attended The Leadership Forum For People With Disabilities at Vanderbilt University, and is a graduate of Tennessee Partners in Policy Making Leadership Institute. He currently serves on the board of Miracle League Columbia, Tennessee.

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