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Betty Anne Waters to Give Opening Address at United States Conference on Adult Literacy


Betty Anne Waters to Give Opening Address at United States Conference on Adult Literacy

David C. Harvey, ProLiteracy president and CEO, is pleased to announce that Betty Anne Waters, the inspiration behind the movie “Conviction,” will deliver the opening address at the first United States Conference on Adult Literacy (USCAL) in Houston, Texas, on November 2.

“The story of Betty Anne Waters exemplifies the role adult education and literacy can play in transforming a life and a community, and we are honored that she will inspire USCAL conference participants with her story,” says Harvey.

USCAL, a conference for the adult education and literacy-related field, has 26 national partner organizations working together to address the adult literacy crisis in America and around the world. The conference theme, “New Challenges, Powerful Solutions,” will address how traditional and nontraditional national, regional, and local educational organizations can join forces to inspire change. A special interactive “I Am Literacy” campaign will be unveiled during the opening of the conference.

Waters earned her GED degree and then went on to law school in order to gain the credentials to prove that her brother, who had been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1983, was innocent. Her persistence and determination resulted in her brother’s exoneration in 2001.

Waters continues to advocate on behalf of wrongfully convicted individuals and for the rights of prison inmates. Her keynote at USCAL will begin at 6:30 p.m. on November 2 in the Galleria Ballroom of the Westin Galleria. For more information or to register, visit the USCAL website.


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