With decades of experience and expertise with the criminal justice system, first as a victim, then as an activist and advocate, Susan aspired to offer her community in South Central Los Angeles the same resources and opportunities available to those in more affluent communities and she worked to create a more just system through the founding of A New Way of Life.
In 2010, she was named a CNN Top Ten Hero and received the Citizen Activist Award from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is a recipient of the Encore Purpose Prize and the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. In 2015, Susan Burton was named by the Los Angeles Times a new civil rights leader in the nation. Released in 2017, her memoir, Becoming Ms. Burton, received a 2018 NAACP Image Award and was the recipient of the inaugural Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice. In 2019, Susan received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from California State University, Northridge.
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