National Day on Writing was created by the National Council of Teachers of English to express the impact that writing has on literacy and build further awareness about this powerful form of self-expression. The written word’s influence reaches beyond the classroom and everyday uses as it can become a tool that allows one to share their views with the world. Over the past 11 years, the council has witnessed thousands of participants sharing their thoughts and becoming immersed in activities relating to the theme of #WhyIWrite.
In 2020 there’s never been a more pivotal moment to let your voice be known. People can connect and unite through the power of words. Writing is truly one of the greatest creative abilities that a person can possess. What better way to honor the day than by highlighting quotes from influential Black authors who have chosen to use their literary talents to speak out against racial injustice. Here are a few memorable quotes.
“I am an invisible man...I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” -Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)