Reading is empowering

For me, reading books never felt so good. I have to mention who influenced and motivated me to start reading books for human growth, maturity, academic excellence, educational merit and pleasure.

Since my high school and college years, I was always around African-American females who read books for enjoyment. These bright, intelligent and articulate ladies read books with such enthusiasm, dedication, passion, conviction and intensity until I became fond of their loyalty for book-reading.

When I travel through airports, I constantly see African-American females sitting reading books or holding books waiting to be read. I also encounter large numbers of these ladies in bookstores purchasing books of interest.

African-American female readers truly are responsible for actor/comedian/radio show host Steve Harvey becoming a New York Times best-selling author for his renowned and sensational book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.

More than 1.5 million copies of this book were purchased, likely by a large segment of the African-American female population. To be honest, these ladies are at the top of their game as it relates to reading. And they’re not limited in their reading choices because they read across all genres.

Are these ladies hard-wired to be avid book readers? Reading is a pathway to success. It’s significant for these brilliant minds to get the word out that reading books truly allows one to excel. It’s imperative for them to let others in their communities know that book-reading is fun, exciting, educational, therapeutic and beautiful. Ladies, let’s do this!

E. Maner

Augusta

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