Decee Cornish joined the military and served over a decade, traveling and attending colleges and universities worldwide. In the process, he experienced different cultures and learned their stories.
Traveling in places like the Pacific Rim, Southeast Asia, Australia, Alaska, and the desert tribes of the Southwest. He attended colleges and universities worldwide, such as Prairie View A & M, the Universities of Guam and Alaska, The University of Maryland at the Philippines and at Japan.
Decee began to tell stories to disadvantaged and at-risk children at a non-profit youth facility, using stories to teach and motivate. He continued his work through the I have A Dream Foundation and the Stop the Violence campaign.
PROGRAMS SPECIAL EVENTS
AWARDS In 2004 the President's Commission on the Arts and the Humanities recognized his work with the "Coming Up Taller" award to the Creative Solutions Summer Program.
For over 17 years, Decee has told stories and entertained nationally.
Cornish is often referred to as the “Urban Aesop” and was introduced at a youth rally as the “Bad Boy of Storytelling.” When he asked why he was introduced as such, the student responded that Cornish was “the baddest dude there.” Recently, Cornish has appeared in schools as “Gator Bill,” telling stories of Buffalo Soldiers to students.
ASSOCIATIONS A member of the Tarrant Area Guild and National Storyteller Association,
Cornish has conducted workshops and performed at Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, East Texas State University, Texas A & M University, the Lena Pope Home, Texas Youth Commission, the NOSAP Program (Neighborhoods Organized for Substance Abuse Program) and the I Have a Dream Foundation.
He has also held Residence positions at Texas A & M University and Tarrant County College.
Featured Storyteller Cornish is a featured storyteller at festivals such as Tejas Storytelling Festival and George West Storyfest.
In 2012, Cornish wrote and performed the play “To Love This Earth”: A Tribute to George Washington Carver.