Liz Murray’s drug-addicted parents raised her and her sister in poverty in New York—really raised isn’t the right word, they had to care for themselves. Her father was an intelligent man, quite gifted, but lived a diminished life because of the drugs. Her mother suffered from mental illness along with her drug addiction and was content to live from one high to the next that she paid for with her government check and prostitution.
What makes Murray’s story remarkable isn’t her dire upbringing—unfortunately, these stories are all too common. Her story is remarkable because she rose from these circumstances to graduate from Harvard and is the author of Breaking Night and the subject of a Lifetime movie, From Homeless to Harvard.
In her book about her experience, Breaking Night Liz Murray writes, “love stretched between a handful of people fills a space, transforms it into a home.”
- Breaking Night, p. 243 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson
Proverbs 10:12 (GW) Hate starts quarrels, but love covers every wrong.