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"To Kill a Mockingbird" actress dies

As mentioned in a previous article, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books. Many friends, fellow students and colleagues feel the same way. Reading the book, it is hard to imagine a world without such a book. That book has inspired so many other authors to write from their hearts and to tackle important issues (even if they are not popular). I am sure that, at the time, it was not very popular for Harper Lee to speak out with such headstrong conviction about racism in the south.

The actress Collin Wilcox, who played Mayella Violet Ewell in the film version of Harper Lee's classic novel, has passed. According to this article she died of brain cancer on October 14th. Her character in the film wrongly accuses a black man of rape.

With the passing of Wilcox, the film and book are once again put on the news. The book should be required reading for every member of Congress and the House of Delegates. The point being that many years after the book and film have been released, the topics of racism addressed are still evident in today's society.

Speaking of the book, what does the book mean to you? Does it bother you that the racism Lee spoke out about still kindles in society today?


  • Mary 5 years ago

    I loved that movie. It is such a great film. It's sad to hear that such a good actress has passed.