South Bound Lecture Series

Rita L. Hubbard

March 18, 2021

6:00 PM


The event is free, but donations are suggested.


About Her Books

Meet an inspiring woman who proved that with perseverance and determination, you're never too old to learn.  The Oldest Student tells the story of Mary Walker, who, in 1848, was born into slavery; by age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, married.  Throughout her life she worked hard, working numerous jobs to provide for herself and her family, including cooking, babysitting, and selling sandwiches for her church.  By age 114, she was the last surviving member of her family, and at age 116, she learned to read.


"A riveting portrait of a strong-willed American icon."

-BookPage, starred review

Did you know that Chattanooga is the site of one of the first integrated police departments in the South?  What about the fact that it's the hometown of the first African American appointed to lead counsel on a Supreme Court case?  Rita, in  African Americans in Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes chronicles how African Americans have shaped the history of Chattanooga, as far back as the 16th century, teaching her readers a plethora of unacknowledged history.

In Hammering for Freedom, we meet William "Bill" Lewis who was born into slavery in Winchester, Tennessee.  He learned the blacksmith trade as soon as he was old enough to grip a hammer. He earned his freedom and came to Chattanooga and opened his own blacksmith shop. His work was exceptional and he earned so much money fixing old tools and creating new ones that he was able to set a daring plan in motion; free his family.

About Rita

Rita, a Chattanooga native, is a former special education teacher of 11 years, with an MS in School Psychology.  Her books include educational materials and books for children, with a particular focus on the history of black Southerners.  She is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), and AACBWI (African American Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), and is the author of several unpublished children's books focusing on the challenges of children with special needs.