National Book Club Pays Homage to Nipsey Hussle and His Impact on His Community

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The Marathon Book Club meets in Oakland, New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

A national book club was created to celebrate Nipsey Hussle during monthly meetups. 

Titled the Marathon Book Club, the group is made up of 74 black men and two Latinos. Meetings take place in four cities including Oakland, New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles to discuss books that motivated Hussle. The mission of the book club is to honor and reflect the legacy of the late rapper and entrepreneur. 

In a Los Angeles Times feature, the idea for the multi-city club reportedly stemmed from a meme that included all of Hussle’s favorite books that went viral. The list included self-help bestsellers and lesser known books by black authors. 

One book in particular, The Spook Who Sat by the Door was a source of inspiration for Hussle. In the aforementioned feature, the cult classic is described as parallel to the late rapper’s life as he ascended in the music industry. 

Hussle reportedly said in a 2018 interview that he was adopting the book’s name for his next album, unfortunately he wasn’t able to complete it due to his untimely death. 

The Marathon Book Club includes members of all backgrounds including professors, entrepreneurs and even one former pro athlete. The group fills a gap for black men who are looking for meaningful connections.

When speaking on the rapper’s love for books Lauren London his girlfriend up until his passing shared, “We read a lot of books together. We inspired each other to be better versions of ourselves. He was a truth seeker and a truth speaker.”

Source: Los Angeles Times

Robyn Mowatt

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