By Sarah Pride
Patrick Henry College
Patrick Henry College welcomes Star Parker, founder and president of CURE, the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education, to campus this Monday, March 17, at 7:30pm in order to share her remarkable personal testimony. Parker, who is a regular commentator on CNN, CNBC, CBN, Fox News, and the United Kingdom’s BBC, who is a syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard News Service, and who is raising two daughters with her husband, was once a single welfare mother in Los Angeles, California. After converting to Christianity, she underwent a dramatic transformation “from welfare fraud to conservative crusader,” a life story chronicled in many news sources and in her autobiography, Pimps, Whores & Welfare Brats. Parker has written two other books as well—Uncle Sam’s Plantation and White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay.
Sophomore Nikki Georgacakis, who is organizing this event for PHC’s chapter of the College Republicans, invited Parker to campus after hearing her speak at an action committee of the Family Research Council. “Sometimes it’s hard to see how to connect faith into economic matters,” says Georgacakis. “I was inspired. [Star] is a dynamic speaker, really passionate.”
If you are interested in issues of race and poverty in America, come hear a message of hopeful, commonsense activism from a woman who has suffered from both.