Antwone Fisher was the guest speaker for the Fourth Annual Community Hope Conference in Joplin.
He spoke this evening to hundreds about the abuse he suffered as a child and being homeless.
In 2002, Denzel Washington directed a film about Atwone's life called "Antwone Fisher."
Fisher's tale of survival moved many in the crowd to share their own stories of abuse and neglect.
His talk finished a day of workshops led by the Alliance of Southwest Missouri.
"There are young people who are growing up now who are going through the same thing and it's good to see me make it through and see you can thrive in life," best-selling author Antwone Fisher says.
"A lot of of the people, especially in the Joplin area, they've been through a lot," conference attendee Tesa Moore says. "Hearing from him and just seeing there's so much you can do and you can take from people when they speak out it's inspirational."
After the seminar, Fisher signed copies of his book "Finding Fish."