“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”
It was announced this morning that Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird and it’s long-awaited sequel over fifty years later Go Set a Watchman, had passed away in her sleep. She was 89 years old.
To Kill a Mockingbird was an instant classic when it was published in 1960 and has since remained a staple in literature classes. It was definitely one of my favorite novels that I read in high school, touching upon racial inequality, rape, and the destruction of innocence, all loosely based on an event in her hometown when she had been ten years old. The book is widely used as a lesson on tolerance and prejudice, and is a book that everyone should have a chance to read. It’s a timeless classic that can still share its lessons with the world today:
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
Thank you, Harper Lee. May your stories and lessons continue to brighten the world.