Rashad "thaPoet" Rayford shares his reading list for those who wish to further explore activism and civil rights in literature.
Rashad uses spoken word and music as an outlet for his activism and has led workshops at Nashville Public Library that show others how to follow suit. At these workshops, he works with writers to craft stanzas about social justice and take them all the way through performance with a live band. Rashad will be hosting another Civil Composition workshop on Friday, December 8 at Nashville Public Library.
Since not everyone can come to these workshops, he shared his five favorite books with us to help inspire you:
The nameless narrator of this novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood," and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.
Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" -- the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He ask the question: what makes high-achievers different?