When John Lewis accepted the 2016 National Book Awards prize, his emotions and words brought tears to eyes as he remembered a librarian who refused to allow him to borrow books because of his skin colour and:
"... a wonderful teacher in elementary school who told me, 'Read my child, read!' "
The award was for the Young People's Literature category and the winners were announced by the also wonderful Katherine Paterson. Here's the full speech on video + an interview with the authors of the prize-winning March Book Three.
It's the third and final of the March books series. All recently published, they're about John Lewis's life and the mind-blowing modern history of the Civil Rights movement. Here's the full-speech video again, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
P.S. The message is impressive and important, particularly given today's political climate, so if you could share it forward on social that would would be great. There's a button at the bottom of the post - thank you!