Two important books I read over the summer

The two books which I read were The Autobiography of Malcolm X and My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass. Two essential reads, not just because of the current political climate in America and the importance of understanding the racism that both of these men endured when they were alive and that discrimination persists to this day. I don’t know enough to speak about racism and discrimination, but I am willing to listen and learn. I remember in my history class being pushed towards reading Martin Luther King, Jr as he was peaceful; I remember being told, Malcolm X was an extremist. So I decided that I had to read to find out for myself.

Both Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass turned their lives around by their hunger to learn. Through this hunger to learn, helped both men pushed beyond their station. Malcolm X talks about how learning to read while in prison opened his eyes to systematic racism within history books when he read beyond western written books. Douglass in learning to read became an amazing orator, who went from a slave to speaking alongside the president.

Give both of these books a read.

Can you believe that it is autumn already? Soon it will be Hallowe’en, and then it will be Christmas time, and I am sure most people want to see the back of 2020. I know I sure do. This year has been a low book reading year for me as I spend much of it reading research for my dissertation and wanting to take my mind off of books, I took a hiatus from reading as much as I usually would read, which has stretched on longer than I expected. Since today is International Literacy Day 2020, I thought I would share two books that I had read over the summer that highlight the importance of literacy.

The two books which I read were The Autobiography of Malcolm X and My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass. Two essential reads, not just because of the current political climate in America and the importance of understanding the racism that both of these men endured when they were alive and that discrimination persists to this day. I don’t know enough to speak about racism and discrimination, but I am willing to listen and learn. I remember in my history class being pushed towards reading Martin Luther King, Jr as he was peaceful; I remember being told, Malcolm X was an extremist. So I decided that I had to read to find out for myself.

Both Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass turned their lives around by their hunger to learn. Through this hunger to learn, helped both men pushed beyond their station. Malcolm X talks about how learning to read while in prison opened his eyes to systematic racism within history books when he read beyond western written books. Douglass in learning to read became an amazing orator, who went from a slave to speaking alongside the president.

Give both of these books a read.



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