Charleston, SC, Aug. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — When Benson Johnson started his business as a sole proprietorship in his spare bedroom with just a phone, manual typewriter and answering machine, he had a dream …a dream shared by many Americans, to rise up and achieve financial independence. But Johnson’s story doesn’t begin in Detroit. It begins almost two hundred years ago when Johnson’s great, great, great grandmother and her twin sister were brought to America in chains. Torn from their West African home and enslaved in a new world, these two women persevered against all odds, and their inspiring story of survival left a lasting impression on Johnson. And when Johnson was tasked with carrying on the family tradition of storytelling by his cousin, a modern-day griot, he knew it was time to share his family’s story and so began his adventure in storytelling.
In his new autobiography, Despite, Johnson tells the story of his life, from his humble roots in a Detroit ghetto to a successful business owner, to his observations of the world today. Funded by a $2,000 income tax refund more than 40 years ago, Johnson took a risk, but his determination and love of capitalism kept him from failing. And it paid off. As the owner of a thriving family business, Johnson has had the privilege of paying it forward by employing more than a dozen of his extended family and friends and couldn’t be happier. Her inspiring life story illustrates how, despite her beginnings, a person can overcome poverty in a capitalist nation with a little smarts and a lot of courage.
Despite is available for purchase online at Amazon.com.
About the Author:
Benson Johnson holds a BA in Business Administration from Wayne State University. A former sales representative for IBM and ITEK, he left corporate life to start his own business and has been a Detroit-based small business owner for over 40 years. He currently lives in Phoenix with his wife Nerassia, where he still oversees business operations. Despite is his first book.