94 year-old educator pens biography: From the Barrio to the Boardroom


If you ever find yourself saying those words, “I can’t,” please check out FROM THE BARRIO TO THE BOARD ROOM:  The Life and Legacy of Dr. Laura Nobles Banks-Reed (Jasmaya Publications).

The life of 94 year-old Laura Nobles Banks-Reed, has all the makings of a major film. From humble beginnings, through years of segregation and discrimination, it was pain, determination and endurance that finally brought out the emergence of a nationally recognized and acclaimed educator, leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Born on June 29, 1921, Nobles Banks-Reed chronicles her life growing up in Tucson, Arizona, a place where her parents escaped to from the deep south, Louisiana and Mississippi, only to find that African Americans (Negroes) and Mexicans (Mexican Americans) were segregated to live in certain parts of the desert town, called Barrio’s.

Her biography takes the reader on a journey of Laura’s life and legacy, one that will inspire us all to live a purpose driven life.

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