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6 Books that Inspire Activism

Activism (noun): the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change. Now that I’ve gotten the high school valedictorian speech bit out the way, I feel I should say that “activism” intimidates me. I look around every day and I see all of the horrible things happening in our world. It all feels unspeakably overwhelming. And standing up to say something? That terrifies me. The one thing that quiets this fear is reading. By turning to the lives and actions of other people, both real and imagined, I can find the answers I’m looking for. I can be inspired by their bravery in the face of adversity. Raising your voice is hard, but the simple act of one person speaking out is activism. And sometimes, one voice breaking the silence makes all the difference. If you don’t necessarily know where to begin your activist journey, take my advice: read to resist.