The Power of Reading

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I believe reading to be so powerful that it has the capacity to make one wise regardless of whose institution of higher learning the person has or has not attended. In the world of books, it makes no difference whether they completed grade school, high school, or learned to read later in life. That is the capability of the human mind. It is reprogrammable for excellence. The person who spends more time reading than engaging in frivolous activities can become a person of intellect of the highest degree despite their circumstances. Of this, I am sure.

My experience with reading is that it has an unparalleled ability to jolt the mind into action, turning readers into superheroes capable of phonemic awareness, visual and auditory processes, comprehension, and fluency. Nothing would make me happier for this generation than for them to sit down with a book and taste the deliciousness of its knowledge on their tongues. Magic exists in the world of expanded vocabularies, the ability to think critically, analyze, and solve problems. With just one flavorful novel, they, too, can be hooked on the limitless potential of being a well-read person.

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I write to restore Black Historical Truth for the freedom of all people. Visit me online at and @yecheilyah on IG and Twitter.

3 thoughts on “The Power of Reading”

  1. RE: This generation (and others)…I was just explaining to someone that part of the reason I’ve decided to publish a memoir is because we’re looking at social media videos, applying that ish to our lives, and then thinking we’re “healed.” It don’t work like that lol

    Reading a book will always provide an in-depth look at a topic, person, or experience, even if it’s fictional. It’s what broadens our minds, for sure.

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    1. Absolutely. The healing memes and advice on social media work on my nerves sometimes. And then everyone has to be an expert on something they experienced for like 2 minutes. The relationship advice alone is a hot mess.

      Excited about your memoir!

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