It’s unfortunate that tragedy often sparks inspiration, but it’s a beautiful thing to see the masses motivated to do better regardless of the catalyst. In the Spring of 2019, rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle was murdered outside of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles. His untimely death was a shock to the hip hop community, but soon, his story of activism, business ownership, and positivity spread throughout the world.
His life was celebrated in death, and soon others were using his words as motivation. Now, several chapters of The Marathon Book Club have been established around the country with members that boast of 74 black men and two Latinos. The idea was sparked when a fan tweeted an image of a list of books by black authors that Nipsey mentioned at some point or another in his interviews. According to the Los Angeles Times, “they meet monthly in Oakland, New York and Washington, D.C., in addition to L.A.”
The men come from all backgrounds economically, educationally, and socially, but their book club joins them together to learn from one another in a safe environment. Check out the list of books that went viral and get yourself some new literature!
— ਸਿਮਰਨ 🇮🇳 (@theSIMSITY) April 17, 2019