Best Selling Author Helps Inspire Poverty Stricken in Baton Rouge

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POSTED: Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 11:06pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 10:16am

New York Times Best Selling Author Liz Murray stopped by the Capital City to speak to area residents about how she overcame extreme poverty.  Murray is the inspiration behind the Lifetime Television movie "Homeless to Harvard."  She also details her struggles in her new book Breaking Night.  The book is currently on the New York Times Best Seller List.

Murray's story includes supporting her drug addicted parents beginning at age 10.  At 15, she found herself living on the streets of The Bronx, New York.  After her mother died of AIDS, she re-dedicated herself to her education, graduating from high school and winning a full scholarship to Harvard University.  She now has a BA in Psychology from the Ivy League school. 

Murray spoke at a banquet sponsored by Hope Ministries.  The organization is dedicated to preventing homelessness in Baton Rouge.  It has helped thousands of people in need over the last  seven years.

For more information on Hope Ministries, you can log on to their website:

You can also buy a copy of Liz Murray's book on the website.

Proceeds from book sales will go to keeping more people in the Capital City off the streets.

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