KJZZ is partnering with The Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers project on the radio. Storytellers in Phoenix share their stories at live events in town. Some of the stories are about living here, some are not.

Weldon Johnson
Weldon Johnson grew up in a large family in Detroit. When he went to college, he was close enough to family that he never felt homesick or went hungry. But in his senior year, Weldon's mom passed away. Weldon did his best to be more independent, but there were still times he reached out to his dad for help.