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From Homeless to Harvard

The College of Education at the University of West Georgia celebrated its scholars this spring with keynote speaker Liz Murray, author and subject of the Lifetime Television movie, “From Homeless to Harvard.”

Liz MurrayThe rags to riches engagement was Thursday, April 9, at the Education Center Ballroom and was followed by a reception at 5 p.m.

Born in 1980 as a child of drug addicts, Murray became homeless at 15 and began living on the streets. Through the mentorship of a devoted teacher, and determined not to be defined by her circumstances, she recognized education as the key to a fresh beginning and a new life.

Murray’s story of growing up homeless in Manhattan after her mother became ill and died of HIV has been lauded for its grit and honesty. After successfully graduating high school while sleeping in parks and subways, Murray won a New York Times scholarship to attend Harvard University.

Liz’s story was exhilarating and her delivery innocently honest, as she took audiences on a personal journey where she achieves the improbable. Murray’s first book, “Breaking Nights: A Memoir,” is scheduled to be released this June by Hyperion Books.

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