Derek Clark’s life is one of resilience and redemption. As a child he suffered unthinkable child abuse, abandonment and emotional distress before being turned over to the psychiatric hospital at age five. His 13 years in the Alameda County foster care system reflected an early life of humiliation, aggression, emotional distress, overwhelming anxiety and being wrongfully labeled.
Eventually, with the help of loving foster parents and a fantastic social worker, he defied the artificial limitations imposed upon him. Derek knows first-hand how to cope with adversity and overcoming hardship. His past has never held him back from accomplishing what he set his heart and mind to.
Derek is an inspiring speaker, author andhas recently become a viral video sensation for his “Rapping Dad” videos which have had over 225 million views. He’s also been featured on CNN Headline News, The Steve Harvey TV Show and many other TV shows around the world. He is the author of seven books including “Disable the Label”, “Never Limit Your Life” and the “I Will Never Give Up” book series.
His true-life trials and personal triumphs have inspired organizations with his message of hope and unwavering perseverance. He has turned his situation from a victim to a victor, equipping him with the wisdom and the will to never give up.