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What/who changed my life and why
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee published in 1960. Movie directed by Robert Mulligan in 1962 and starred Gregory Peck in the role of Atticus Finch.
When reading this book and watching the movie at 14 years old, it gave me hope. It showed me the conflicts of the Civil Rights era and the conflicts within your own town or family. This is timeless novel that is still relevant to the social issues we face today.
Read the book or watch the move to see Atticus Finch's defense of an unjustly accused man, and the other of his bright, bratty daughter's slow discovery of kindness.