Viola Davis has been very outspoken about her childhood growing up in poverty. But she went from to searching in dumpsters for food to teaching us How To Get Away With Murder on Thursday nights.
Today, she's helping to make sure no other child will have to go hungry through her charitable endeavors.
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Dr. Ben Carson
These days, you can find Dr. Ben Carson sharing his conservative ideals about government subsidies but there was once a time when even he needed some help.
“By the time I reached ninth grade, mother had made such strides that she received nothing but food stamps," Carson wrote in his book. "She couldn’t have provided for us and kept up the house without that subsidy.”
Those subsidies didn't kill his spirit. Dr. Carson went from welfare to one of the most famous surgeons in history, encouraging generations for Black intellectuals.
But Iyanla didn't let that hold her back. She channeled an inner strength to rise above her circumstances. Now, she's sharing that motivation with the world and redefining the life coaching industry. Keep going, girl!
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Stanley Ann Dunham
Barack Obama's mother battled poverty in her early life and cancer in her later life. But Stanley Ann Dunham's resilience helped inspire her son to work hard, dream big and become the 44th President of the United States.
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Rep. Barbara Lee
Rep. Barbara Lee wants to make sure no one else has to live a life of poverty like she did. Drawing on her own experiences living on welfare and food stamps, the congresswoman now serves on the government's task force to end poverty and create jobs in America.
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