American author Harper Lee, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning best seller To Kill a Mockingbird, passed away this Friday Morning. Rest in power Harper Lee.
Who doesn’t remember the dreaded English Lit class where our young able minds were submitted to relentless lectures of Americana novels!? Dread engulfed us mostly because it’s hard to keep the attention of rambunctious middle schoolers uninterested in a blast from the past. Nonetheless, many of us trudged along with our teachers lecture’s despite our impartial attitude. But every so often, we did perk up our ears and picked up our heads and were moved by the words we were reading. Every so often although we didn’t understand the purpose of some of these stories, the novels unearthed in us a sense of understanding or sympathy for the characters. One of these novels was written by the ground breaking author Harper Lee. Many of us have forgotten what To Kill a Mockingbird was all about and if this rings true, go pick up a copy. The novel tells the story of nonsensical racism and segregation in the 1930’s through the eyes of two children.
She was rad. Check out Harper Lee’s response to racist hate mail below, published from a Newsweek article in 1961.