Last night we were supposed to read two articles. The only one I was able to read was an essay by Malcolm X named “Learning to Read.” X shares his experience of what it was like to start reading in prison. He came from a bad background of being a hustler to being in prison. When X wrote letters to Muhammad he became increasingly frustrated not being able to express what he wanted onto those letters. When X read books he skipped words he didn’t know and ended up with little idea of the what the book meant. Thats when X started reading the dictionary and started copying word from word. Like X, my experience with reading was similar. In middle school I started to become frustrated when I came upon a word I didn’t know. I started looking up the definition of each word that didn’t make sense to me but I didn’t copy a whole dictionary like X. The only thing I lacked when I was younger was the motivation to read. The motivation I believe that strikes Malcolm was just not being able to express what he wanted onto letters. Especially coming from a civil rights person fighting for equal freedom. This essay really inspires me because X was in prison when he started becoming a more avid reader. Im a free person and I had the education there and all the sponsor needed to increase my reading skills. X had little sponsors when he started to read and he did it all self teaching himself. The only thing I lacked was motivation and this story really inspires me to become a more avid reader.