Harper Lee's Powerful Words on Acceptance Are More Relevant Now Than Ever

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee died Friday at age 89. But her wise words (from the mouth of To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch) are relevant now more than ever. 

Published in 1960, the lessons of To Kill a Mockingbird — centered on prejudice against and acceptance of others — resonate deeply with our world in 2016. 

Social movements like Black Lives Matter and #OscarsSoWhite focus on exposing and correcting inequalities that plague our world. The Syrian refugee crisis highlights humanitarian needs across Europe. There are many more.

Maybe life's best lessons do, in fact, come from fiction. 

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Jessica Eggert

Jessica is a staff writer at Mic, covering breaking news. She is based in New York and can be reached at jessica@mic.com.

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