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Freedom Writer Tiffony Jacobs speaks of overcoming adversity through determination

tiffony jacobsOn Mon., Feb. 18, original Freedom Writers member Tiffony Jacobs spoke at Henry Pfeiffer Chapel to a group of students, faculty and staff.

As a high school sophomore, Ms. Jacobs joined the Freedom Writers, a group of students in Ms. Erin Gruwell's English class at Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif., who wrote anonymous journal entries about the challenges of living in their community. She found strength and determination to achieve a successful future through Ms. Gruwell's emphasis on Holocaust education.

Tiffony spoke about her own experiences with domestic violence and abuse, and her journey as a member of the Freedom Writers. Additionally, she showed the audience several clips from the 2007 film The Freedom Writers to help further explain elements of her personal story.

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