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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The truth is the light and light is the truth.

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Ralph Ellison

In his groundbreaking 1952 book “Invisible Man,” Ralph Ellison introduces us to an unnamed African American narrator who relates his story from a basement dwelling lit with 1,369 light bulbs. This room filled with light represents the man’s choice to see his life more clearly, to seek truth through enlightenment. Although “Invisible Man” was Ellison’s only novel published in his lifetime, more manuscripts were discovered in the award-winning author’s home after his death in 1994. This discovery resulted in the posthumous publication of a second novel, 1999’s “Juneteenth.” Even today, Ellison’s work continues to point us toward finding our truth from a place of quietly defiant illumination. 

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