She grew up in a ghetto, on welfare, amid drugs and alcohol, and with little hope. But she not only left the ghetto but is full of hope for those she left behind.
Star Parker of Los Angeles has grown up to be a Christian evangelist and a conservative social reformer, preaching both from podiums and pulpits around the country as leader of the California-based Coalition on Urban Affairs.
And the latest platform for Parker's mix of religious and political speech-making will be Saturday at Boyle County High School. She will serve as the keynote speaker at 1 p.m. during the second of a two-day meeting of the first annual Foundations Festival.
Parker is an advocate of many conservative positions as the way to get fellow minorities out of the welfare cycle and into lives where education and job opportunities are accessible.