Homeless to Harvard is a film primarily based on the true history of Liz Murray. Her grit, courage, and determination to do well against all probabilities is unbelievable. From getting drug addicted parents who expend all their money on their addiction, lacking warm clothes, not getting anything to eat, and then turning into homeless, how she goes on to win a scholarship to Harvard is a scenario that is truly emotional, inspirational, and motivational.
From an age of as fresh as three, she had to see her mom and dad inject drugs in their veins, and as a outcome blood stains on the bathroom walls. Also, due to severe hunger, she once ate a tube of tooth paste and chap stick. In college she was hungry, wore dirty outfits, has lice infected hair, and because of all this was taunted and picked on by class mates. Due to this, she often bunked school.
After her mother’s death due to AIDS, and her father relocating to a homeless shelter, she became homeless at age FIFTEEN. From there she proceeded to go on to sleeping on the streets, in stairwells on marble floors, and in subways, which she rode for warmth. For meals she begged and ate from trash cans. Later she got a job cleaning dishes in a restaurant.
At the age of 17 she travelled back to school, completing four years of high school in 2, while still homeless, often studying and finishing her assignments in subway stations. After completing her schooling, she won the New York Times scholarship which given her access into Harvard.
Her story is of determination, perseverance, and teaches the true worth of education.
Liz Murray has also created a book titled Breaking Night.
It offers an insight into her life and displays her power in the face of adversity. It goes via her childhood, her battles, and her wish to rise despite all the hurdles.
A very touching, emotional journey of a very courageous woman.