Higher Education After Trials and Tribulations The Michelle Morrison Story
Congratulations are in order as Michelle Morrison recently graduated from Life University at the top of her class. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling Psychology Michelle is already working towards her masters degree and serves as a beacon of hope for many.
As every journey comes with its own challenges, long before Michelle got to wear her cap and gown she had to overcome being branded as a felon.
In 2007, Michelle thought she was accompanying a friend who had to collect a debt but she had no idea that her life would take a turn from that trip. As the friend went inside the home while she remained in the car, a fight inside the house escalated into a fatal shooting.
Although Michelle remained in the car she was convicted for a crime she did not commit. In 2009 Michelle’s family was devastated with the outcome of the trial as she was sentenced to life in prison. In 2022, after serving 13 years, Michelle was the first woman to be released from prison due to efforts from the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney Fani Willis formed a new unit that works diligently to review the integrity of past convictions that are similar to Morrisons.
On August 22, 2022 Michelle was happily greeted by her mother Cythina Holland as the gates to her past closed behind her. Ms. Holland advocated for years for the formation of the unit and worked to draw attention to her daughter's case. During this time she also helped dozens of other families advocate for their loved ones who are incarcerated.
Michelle’s story offers hope and inspiration to young girls and women facing challenges and the many people working to help them along the way. This story is one of determination, ambition and new beginnings. To learn more about how Michelle was able to obtain her degree after serving time you can read Faces of Life: Michelle Morrison & The Chillon Project.
Education empowers young girls and women to thrive personally while building the world they wish to see. It is also the most powerful and effective way to address global poverty. Educated Girls Rock (EGR) Founder Nisha Glenn works diligently to provide mentoring and resources for “at risk” high school girls. EGR is a 501c3 that works with the community to raise awareness on the importance of completing school, attending college or trade school. If you want to help make a difference and ensure the progression of our youth please contact us today.
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