Nipsey Hussle was an avid reader! His legacy and his love of educating others has inspired a zest for reading around the world!
A 31-year-old fan, Simran Kaleka, from Wisconsin created a meme listing all of the books that Hussle had mentioned in interviews, songs and motivational messages that she had been compiling for years. It includes self-help bestsellers, cult classics and little-known books by black authors.
The list went viral.
Now, almost a year later, 74 black men and two Latinos make up the four chapters of The Marathon Book Club. They meet monthly in Oakland, New York and Washington, D.C., in addition to L.A., to discuss the books that motivated Hussle.
They include professors, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, investment bankers and at least one former athlete. Of those in Los Angeles, they have bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees in business and doctorates from historically black colleges, private schools and state public universities.
Once a month, DeRon Cash and a group of men come together for The Marathon Book Club — one of several chapters across the country that were founded after Hussle was killed outside his South Los Angeles clothing store in March.
The list alone speaks volumes on Nipsey Hussle’s dedication to self-improvement, but more importantly, it’s proof of his positive impact on marginalized groups. Thank you….the MARATHON CONTINUES….