Dewey Bozella: CBS' Motivational speaker educates students at ETSU

October 2nd, 2012

By: Tabatha Mills
Published: October 02, 2012



JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. –Incarcerated 26 years for a murder he did not commit.  Dewey Bozellashared his story of perseverance to the students, faculty and general public at the east Tennessee State University campus Monday.11Connects Tabatha Mills spoke with Bozella, whose story gained national attention this year.

“I could do two things.  I could either lay down and die or I could do something with my life. Once I chose to do something with my life I never looked back.”

Dewey Bozella doesn’t hide his difficult past.  As a child he watched his father beat his mother to death, his younger brother stabbed to death and he served 26 years in jail for a murder he did not commit.

“I had to get my morals together,” he said.

But, in his darkest times, Dewey says he found light.  “Boxing helped me to realize that I don’t have to give up.  There are so many people who want to do it, but just don’t have the heart to do it.”

Along with boxing, Dewey focused on his education – receiving a G.E.D, bachelors and masters degree. Then, with a new sense of purpose, he set out to help others.

“My thing is to let them see to never give up,” he says, “try the best that I can do to motivate someone.”

And that’s exactly what he is doing.

Sabrina Coppinger, Vice President of Bucktainment says that he’s a motivation and inspiration to all students. .”Even when things seem really, really hard,” she said, “[he tells them] it’s going to get better and just to never give up.”

To learn more, and hear from Dewey Bozella, click play on the video above.

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