Good Books Are Blessings

Black Boy by Richard WrightI am trimming my library. I tease my librarian friends that wouldn’t use the term “weeding” referring to books. Trimming my books also, for me, means some re-reading. I started re-reading Black Boy by Richard Wright. I’d forgotten what a brutal memoir it is.

For my morning reflection time, a few days ago, I’d selected Guide My Feet by children’s advocate and author Marian Wright Edelman.

I had the pleasure and honor of being with her at in Knoxville in 2015 for a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Training. What a rousing event! In Guide My Feet, Edelman writes, “Books were always a part of our home. My parents considered them necessities rather than luxuries.”
Guide My Feet by Marion Wright Edelman
What stark contrasts and life stories these two courageous and talented leaders offer us in their books and lives. We need diverse voices in our libraries and minds.

Good books are blessings.

Pat


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  1. I love this post, Pat, and I especially value Marian Wright Edelman’s parents’ assertion that books are “necessities,” rather than “luxuries.” All the best to you, old friend–

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