Rachel was born in Olympia, Washington, the youngest of three children of Craig Corrie, an insurance executive, and his wife Cindy--just plain middle class Americans.
This photo shows screen shots of the fifth grade speech and a video of an interview done two days before her death. It was taken from http://www.salem-news.com/articles/march172010/corrie-school-tk.php , the website of Salem News (Salem, Oregon). Both videos are incredibly powerful and are embedded at the end of this post.
By fifth grade Rachel's character and personality were already shining through. A YouTube video of a speech she gave at that time showed the same selfless, caring philosophy that led her to join the International Solidarity Movement as they attempted to make a difference—to make the world notice and realize what the American media glosses over or ignores entirely.
The Evergreen State College, which Rachel was attending, now has a Rachel Corrie Memorial Scholarship. There are at least 3 YouTube videos with songs celebrating her life. A play “My Name is Rachel Corrie” has been produced in many countries, and is available from Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/My-Name-Rachel-Corrie/dp/1559362960 ), as is the book Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie (http://www.amazon.com/Let-Me-Stand-Alone-Journals/dp/0393065715).No, Rachel, you are not forgotten.