Rest in Peace Harper Lee
Posted On Feb 19, 2016
Readers, writers, and the high school kid in all of us are in mourning over the passing of renowned novelist, Harper Lee, famous for her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird and more recently the sequel Go Set a Watchman.
According to her nephew, she died in her sleep at the Meadows, an assisted living facility in Monroeville, Alabama. She was 89 years old.
As someone who just finished re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird last month, this is a hard pill to swallow. As my fellow readers know, reading a book is like entering into another world. For the past month I have been in the world of Maycomb, Alabama seeing the world through little Scout’s eyes. Running past Boo Radley’s spooky house, standing up for Atticus in the playground, and observing the legal system in the 1930’s.
If you haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird, you should seriously consider it. Not only is it at the top of every reading list, but it really puts racism into perspective. It is sad that there are still aspects of racism around today, given the vast amount of time between the 1930’s and now.
So for the late Harper Lee’s sake, lets embrace the Scoutt and Jem in all of us, and see people, not for their color, but for the person they are.
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