Harvie Social Justice Lecture

posted Sep 17, 2012, 11:45 AM by Jeffrey B

Saint Martin’s Harvie Social Justice Lecture to explore homeless man’s experience - Friday, Sept 28, 4pm - Worthington Center

Richard LeMieux, author of “Breakfast at Sally’s – One Homeless Man’s Inspirational Journey,” will share his memoir in a public lecture to illustrate the diversity and humanity of the homeless population. LeMieux’s presentation begins at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, in Norman Worthington Conference Center, room 110, on the Saint Martin’s University Lacey campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE. The event is free of charge.

Once known by his friends as “the man who had everything,” LeMieux lived a life of luxury in a 5,000 square foot waterfront home near Seattle. But a dramatic change of fortunes drove him into bankruptcy, and he lost everything – including his home, his wife and his children. Forced to move into his old mini-van, LeMieux was overcome with shame and despair and nearly committed suicide, but was saved by the love of his beloved dog Willow.

LeMieux wrote “Breakfast at Sally’s” mostly at picnic tables in city parks on a portable, mechanical typewriter while he was homeless for nearly three years. Although he wrote it with no purpose in mind except as a way to fill his time, the National Library Association has declared it to be a “must read.” It has received glowing reviews in over 30 newspapers across the country, including The New York Times and Christian Science Monitor.

His book has inspired many to take action on behalf of the homeless. Six homeless shelters and meal programs have been birthed across North America as a direct result of individuals reading “Breakfast at Sally’s.”

LeMieux has spoken at the National Alliance of the Homeless conference in Washington, D.C., at events in Pittsburgh, Columbus, Dallas, San Francisco and Seattle, and at many universities, high schools and civic organizations.

The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series, now in its seventh year, was created by Saint Martin’s University Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., chair of the University’s Department of Society and Social Justice, to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community and to honor the work of Robert A. Harvie, J.D., former professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Martin’s.