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Rita Lorraine

Rita Lorraine

Hello Everyone! I am a former special education teacher, and am currently a full-time children's writer, book blogger and freelance editor. My first picture book, Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story (Lee and Low) debuted on September 24, 2018. It is a School Library Journal selection and received positive Kirkus and Horn Book reviews. My second picture book, The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Random House) will debut in January 2020. I penned African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes, and I earned the 2014 SCBWI Letter of Merit for an unpublished multicultural novel. I am the author of Getting a Job in the Food Industry, Getting the Most Out of MOOCs, and The Right Health Care Degree for Me, all published by Rosen Publishing, and Playwriting, published by Cavendish Square in January, 2017. I review books for The New York Journal of Books. Thanks for visiting!

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    Nancy

    Rita,

    Do you know who is the foremost historian on Bessie Smith? I need to contact them with an historial find. Please email me directly as I do not have windows mail.

    Thank you,

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    Rita Lorraine Hubbard

    Rita Lorraine Hubbard

    Dear Nancy,
    There are many Bessie Smith biographers out there, but if you’re looking for someone to speak with in Chattanooga, you can try the Bessie Smith Hall at 423-266-8658. Ms. Smith still has living relatives here in Chattanooga, and one of them recently published a book called “A Blues Song of Her Own.” The Bessie Smith Hall can probably put you in contact with her.

    Best wishes,

    Rita Lorraine

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    Richard

    Dear Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Thank you for your work, we need it! Do you have a born date for the great Hinton D. Alexander? Thank you, the best for you,
    Daniel Richard

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    Rita Lorraine

    Rita Lorraine

    Dear Richard,
    Thank you so much for your kind words. Unfortunately, I don’t have a D.O.B. for Hinton. The first documented reference for him and the “wondrous works” he performed came from a paper in the early 1900’s that I stumbled upon while I was searching for something else. However, it gave no hint of his birth; it only stated that he was a native Chattanoogan.

    In my book, I included a picture of him with the original Jubilee Singers and another of him standing with a group of white mailmen when he served as a mail carrier for the Times Building. This was very progressive, because it was in 1882 – years before desegregation, and yet there he was, a man of standing and respect! I was curious about his final resting place, and after several years of searching, I found his grave and photographed his stone, but there was just no room for yet another photograph in the book. Like the other men of his time, he seemed virtually tireless, and multi-tasked until the time of his death.

    I’m always researching and finding new information about that great generation gone by. If I ever run across his D.O.B., I’ll post it in this forum.

    Thanks again, and feel free to write whenever you take a notion!

    Rita Lorraine

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