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Marala Scott – Oprah's Ambassador of Hope & Motivational Speaker

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Even the most disappointing of starts leads to a good future. This was the case of Marala Scott. Her story didn't have the best of beginnings, but now she uses that painful start to help others learn how to forgive, accept challenges, and adapt to changes in life.

Before becoming a multi award-winning author, Marala had a childhood filled with abuse. Her memories of abuse began as early as five years old. She and her family were living in a tenement apartment in upstate New York at that time. Marala vividly remembers her father coming home from work then have heated arguments with her mother that included pushing and shoving.

Marala said that her dad “had a special combination of hatred and abuse” for her. Throughout her childhood, her father ingrained in her mind that she was not good for anything but making babies because she was a woman. The verbal – and physical abuse – that received from her father lasted for 17 years which led her to hate herself more and more.

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