Books That Inspire 2010

Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison

Ellison’s book is a chilling reminder that few people are likely to seek or accept wholesome interpersonal experiences outside their own cultural groups. Nor are most intergroup conflicts timely encounters. Instead, they are unfinished altercations that occurred many years ago. Sadly, Ellison reminds us, that anger of the parents and grandparents are acted out by their children and grandchildren. At the end of the book, Ellison provides this sobering message: “...too much of your life will be lost, its meaning lost, unless you approach it as much through love as through hate.” Like Ellison, I have tried hate, and detest it.

From Books That Inspire 2004.

George Henderson
Regents Professor Emeritus of Human Relations, Education and Sociology
David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus Human Relations