Skip Navigation
NPR News

One Woman's Journey From Homeless To Harvard

Sep 9, 2010 (Talk of the Nation)

Hear this

This text will be replaced
Launch in player

Share this


Explore this

Reported by

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.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Read full story transcript

Missing some content? Check the source: NPR
Copyright(c) 2014, NPR

Visitor comments

on:

NCPR is supported by:

This is a Visitor-Supported website.