FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
103-YEAR-OLD LITERACY PIONEER, RUTH COLVIN, RELEASES NEW MEMOIR
SYRACUSE, N.Y., July 29, 2020 – Ruth Colvin, a 103-year-old literacy pioneer, has released her new memoir, My Travels Through Life, Love, and Literacy. In her twelfth published book, Colvin shares stories about her life and her journey, over 100 years in the making.
Colvin founded Literacy Volunteers of America in 1961—now known as ProLiteracy Worldwide—to empower and create opportunities for low-literate adults by building a nationwide network of literacy service providers to assist them. Colvin is a recipient of nine honorary degrees, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Presidential Volunteer Action Award, and an inductee in the National Women’s Hall of Fame for her revolutionary work in literacy.
“I may be 103, but age is just a number. What you do with your number is what is important,” Colvin says in her book. “As I shared my life experiences, I learned that seeds were planted all my life that made me the person I am. I learned from my mistakes—as well as from my successes—and some disasters were blessings in disguise. Look to your own early years, and you’ll learn more about yourself as I did about myself.”
Colvin wrote My Travels Through Life, Love, and Literacy in conjunction with the Onondaga Historical Association (OHA), a private nonprofit educational association located in Syracuse, New York. OHA is devoted to preserving the history of Onondaga County and its related services, museums, research and educational centers, and retail operations.
My Travels Through Life, Love, and Literacy is available through New Readers Press, the publishing division of ProLiteracy, at https://www.newreaderspress.com/my-travels-through-life-love-and-literacy-a-memoir.
ProLiteracy is the largest adult literacy and basic education nonprofit organization in the U.S. It works with local, national, and international organizations to help adults gain the reading, writing, math, computer, and English skills they need to be successful. ProLiteracy advocates on behalf of adult learners and the programs that serve them, provides training and professional development to instructors, and publishes materials used in adult literacy and basic education instruction. It has 1,000 member programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and works with 21 nongovernmental organizations in 35 developing countries. For more information, visit ProLiteracy.org.