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Join children's author Rita Lorraine Hubbard as she reads The Oldest Student and explains how she managed to squeeze Mary's 121 years of living into a 32-page picture book. Following Rita Lorraine's presentation, learn about literacy programs and services from Sidney Wilson, Executive Director of the South Baltimore Learning Center. This program is suitable for all ages!
Check out The Oldest Student read-along guide and activities: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cF95HE5eEG_n0FdktYtWZD_DEGFZZ_PT/view?usp=sharing
The Oldest Student tells the story of Mary Walker, who was born into slavery in 1848. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. And at 116, she learned to read. From Rita Lorraine Hubbard and rising star Oge More comes the inspirational story of Mary Walker, a woman whose long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, and who--with perseverance and dedication--proved that you're never too old to learn.
Rita Lorraine is a retired special education teacher of 20 years. She now writes books for children and specializes in early African American history. Her picture books include The Oldest Student and Hammering for Freedom. She owns and manages The Black History Channel, a website celebrating black achievements, and has served as a book reviewer for The New York Journal of Books. She has done in-person visits, historical society lectures, inspirational seminars, and history talks across the southeast, and is excited about visiting with you via Zoom.