A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

Liz Murray is a motivational speaker.  She is well-known from the story that chronicles her life thus far.  She is the inspirational person that overcame her life’s obstacles to go from homeless to Harvard.


Elizabeth Murray was born in 1980 in the Bronx, New York, New York.  She has an older sister and they lived with her parents during her early childhood.  Both of her parents were addicted to drugs and contracted and later died from AIDS.  Her mother died in 1996, when she was a teenager, and her father left to live in a homeless shelter.  Liz stayed with friends and became committed to her schooling.  In the past, she had attended school intermittedly, but came to realize she needed to take control of her life through schooling. She worked odd jobs and applied to attend Humanities Preparatory Academy.  At school, she became connected with teacher Perry Weiner.  He became her mentor and she graduated high school in two years.  She learned about, applied for, and won a New York Times scholarship.


Liz used her New York Times scholarship to attend Harvard University after her acceptance.  Liz began Harvard in 2000.  She continued to have a relationship with and help her father.  He died of AIDS in 2006.  Liz graduated in 2009 however, she continued to take graduate courses in clinical psychology to become a counselor.  Her sister went to Purchase College and became a special education teacher.


Liz became founder and director of Manifest Living.  In 2003, the television film Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story was released.  In 2010, Liz published the memoir “Breaking Night”.  Throughout her career, Liz has done speaking engagements, including for Appalachian Women’s Fund, and earned accolades, including being awarded an honorary doctorate of public service.  Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

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