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College: Hardship, Perseverance, Success: Ms. Anna Levine, JD

Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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Anna Levine, JD

Anna Levine was born in Brooklyn, graduated from high school at 16 and, although she yearned to further her education, did not attend college until more than 20 years later. Anna went to work, got married and had two children. In 1963, solely on her own, Anna went to Washington to march alongside Dr. Martin Luther King and heard his "I Have a Dream" speech.

After 18 years of marriage and becoming divorced, Anna was accepted into the Queens College Adult Continuing Education Program (ACE) and started working toward a BA degree. After 14 years - including a 5-year hiatus due to illness - Anna earned her degree in Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Faced with a life-threatening infection on the day of her graduation, Anna was told to stay home but produly marched down the aisle to receive her diploma.

Anna attended law school at the City University of New York Law School and became a public interest lawyer. In 1991 she walked across the stage at Colden Auditorium with her three young grandchildren in tow to accept her Juris Doctor degree. Over the last 12 years, Anna has been working in the field of Conflict Resolution as a mediator and over the last several years for the N.Y.C. Family Court Mediation Program.

In summary, Anna lives and breathes politics and looks forward to helping make the world a better place because as Emily Dickinson wrote:

"If I can stop one heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one Life the aching
or cool one pain
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again
I shall not live in vain."