Obamas should highlight Long as an inspiration

2013-07-26T00:00:00Z Obamas should highlight Long as an inspiration nwitimes.com
July 26, 2013 12:00 am

I recommend President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, highlight the book, "I am You, Achieving Against All Odds," as a recommended “White House must read” for our nation’s school systems.

The author, Paulina Long, triumphed over a troubled childhood, moving from apartments to shelters to church basements to living with other people while being exposed to various dubious characters.

At age 13, the author and her sister were moved with her father, hoping for a better life, where she then suffered self-esteem assassination and molestation.

By age 16 she was emancipated. After becoming a mother at age 16 while attending Roosevelt High School in Gary (next to the Michael Jackson family home), she now works for an a major account for an international corporation. She is a success story and inspiration for so many who feel disenfranchised.

I hope the Obamas will consider the author as a White House guest to discuss her book and life.

- Charles Burns, Gary

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