One Woman's Journey From Homeless To Harvard As a child, Liz Murray dealt with the typical stresses of growing up. But she also grappled with going days without food and living on the streets. Despite these obstacles, Murray finished school and went on to attend Harvard University. Murray talks about her memoir, Breaking Night.

One Woman's Journey From Homeless To Harvard

One Woman's Journey From Homeless To Harvard

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Liz Murray's story of overcoming adversity became the subject of a movie for Lifetime Television.

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Growing up in the Bronx in the 1980s and 90s, Liz Murray dealt with the typical stresses childhood. But she also had to grapple with being the daughter of drug addicts -- which ultimately meant fending for herself.

When Murray got lice, she had to deal with it alone. She and her sister went days without food, once eating toothpaste and lip balm to quell their hunger.

After years of neglect, Murray left home at 15. She spent her adolescence sleeping on the streets, the subway and the couches of friends.

Murray's story could have ended tragically. Instead, she won a scholarship to Harvard University and graduated in 2009.

Murray, now a motivational speaker, shares her story in her memoir, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard.

Breaking Night
By Liz Murray

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