Jessica Marsico


Dear Mr. Booker,

Jessica Marsico

Jessica Marsico

America, as we all know, is a nation formed by the diverse minds of our founding fathers, but changed by influential people fighting for a cause. Throughout history, there have been standout people and events that have forever changed the course of our country. Abraham Lincoln’s work against slavery, Elizabeth Stanton’s struggle for women’s rights, Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, and your work, Mr. Booker, for exposing injustice and advancing the Civil Rights Movement.

I would be lying if I were to say that I understand what you endured. No person, especially no white woman living today, could ever understand the injustices and violence that African Americans had to face. What I can say though is that you have my most sincere gratitude for the passion and determination you brought to your work. Changing people’s mind was only the beginning of this massive movement, changing the ways of the nation was the optimal goal. This goal was accomplished, I believe, in

large measure, due to your perseverance, positive outlook and educated ways.

The problems I’ve dealt
with in my life are so trivial
compared to what you’ve faced
and conquered. So instead of
saying I understand, I found
a different way to relate to
you and to your work. Finding
something I’m passionate
about is my optimal goal for
college. Doing something
ordinary that merely earns
a paycheck doesn’t hold
my interest. I would rather do something I love and that has greater meaning. While reading your work, your emotion almost streams off the page. I want people to sense the love I feel for my work, just as people were able to sense how strongly you felt for what you stood for.

For everything you have done, I thank you. I thank you for the impact you made on our country. I thank you for bringing the tragedy of the Emmett Till murder to the surface and grabbing the emotion of our country. I could only imagine how I would feel if Till had been my brother or friend. I thank you for keeping on, even if it seemed like luck was pointed in the other direction.

At last, I thank you for the positive impact you have made on my life. By doing what you’re passionate about, you found your way in this world, and I hope one day I will be fortunate enough to do something as great as you.

There are very few people in this world who could be deemed as amazing as you.

Thank you for being such an inspiration.

With eternal gratitude,

Jessica Marsico

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