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People Are Sharing Touching Stories Of How Harper Lee Changed Their Lives

"Harper Lee’s work inspired me and millions of others to stand against discrimination & pursue justice."

Posted on February 19, 2016, at 12:50 p.m. ET

Harper Lee, literary legend and author of the iconic book, To Kill A Mockingbird, died Friday at the age of 89.

Lee in 2007.
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Lee in 2007.

Lee's writings and legacy inspired many around the world and her impact on their lives was more evident than ever after hundreds paid tribute to her on social media Friday.

Harper Lee, thank you writing the single most important piece of fiction to ever come out of the Deep South. Your heart inspired us all.

Politicians, advocates, lawyers, and writers expressed how Lee inspired them to pursue their passions.

Harper Lee’s work inspired me and millions of others to stand against discrimination & pursue justice. She will be missed.

Environmental activist Erin Brokovich said To Kill A Mockingbird changed her life.

You know what... #TKAMB is a book that changed my life. Maybe i should write one. Harper Lee inspired me & hopefully I can pay it forward

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was freed in January after an 18-month detention in Iran, expressed how he felt after rereading To Kill A Mockingbird during his trial.

I re-read #tokillamockingbird during my trial. Touched me much more than when I first read it in high school. Rest in peace Harper Lee

Many wrote how Lee and Mockingbird character Atticus Finch — a lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in the Deep South — inspired them to take up law and fight for civil rights.

With Harper Lee passing, I recall how "mockingbird" influenced my career choice-being a lawyer trying to protect people. Thank you Atticus

RIP Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird inspired me to become a lawyer and pursue a career in Human Rights. Thank you

Harper Lee's lessons of race and dignity inspired me to become a civil rights lawyer. Her work endures and will inspire generations to come

RIP Harper Lee, and thank you for giving us characters (role models) such as Atticus Finch. He was the reason I became enthralled with law.

Rest in Peace, Nelle Harper Lee. Thank you for that immaculate work of literature. To Kill a Mockingbird made me fall in love with law.

very sad that Harper Lee has died. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favourite books ever and Atticus Finch inspired me to become a lawyer.

Several students said Lee was the reason they chose to pursue law.

RIP Harper Lee, thank you for inspiring me to study law

Harper Lee, I loved you and your writing. And part of the reason why I'm looking forward to study law is because of your book. Thank you.

sad that harper lee has passed away. 'to kill a mockingbird' changed my life - from my law school ambitions to viewing the world differently

But the scope of Lee's work extended beyond law, inspiring hundreds of others to write, and more significantly, shaping their world view.

I'm incredibly saddened to hear about the death of Harper Lee, who inspired us to write, practice law, and walk miles in others' shoes

Like many others, Harper Lee inspired a young me to want to be a writer. But more than anything else, she inspired people to actually think.

Rest in peace, Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird inspired me to write and remains one of my most favorite books.

RIP Harper Lee. You inspired me to write and make people think. 💯

Harper Lee, rest in peace. Your words inspired this writer, who was also fortunate to be cast as Atticus on stage. https://t.co/1WEriMpqKS

R.I.P. Harper Lee. Your work inspired me to write, and for that, I am forever grateful. Thank you for everything.

Others wrote about how Lee inspired them to be better people.

Harper Lee has passed away - a beautiful literary voice whose Atticus inspired me to be better. #RIPHarperLee https://t.co/6uVdb0CmFY

To Kill a Mockingbird inspired me to write more, to read more and to grow as a better person. Thank you for everything, Harper Lee.

This book has inspired me since the day I first opened its pages, at the age of 13. Harper Lee was as fine a person as anybody can be.

But more than anything, people were grateful to Lee for inspiring them to do what they loved.

Rest in peace, Nelle Harper Lee. Your words have inspired me to continue doing what I love and for that, I am forever grateful.

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