President Obama Pays Tribute to ‘Mockingbird’ Author: Harper Lee ‘Changed America for the Better’

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President Barack Obama shared his reflections on the death of Alabama icon, Harper Lee, on Friday, joining the chorus of people honoring the author around the world.

In a Facebook post, the president said that Harper Lee, who passed away at the age of 89, had “changed America for the better.”

The president said that To Kill a Mockingbird had, “more powerfully than one hundred speeches possibly could, [changed] the way we saw each other, and then the way we saw ourselves. Through the uncorrupted eyes of a child, she showed us the beautiful complexity of our common humanity, and the importance of striving for justice in our own lives, our communities, and our country.”

In 2007, Lee was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in recognition of her contribution to literature.

In 2012, President Obama recorded an introduction in advance of a 50th anniversary screening of the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck.

https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/film/video/2012/may/01/barack-obama-kill-a-mockingbird

SOURCE: AL.com – John Hammontree