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Nipsey Hussle's Love of Reading Has Inspired Black Men to Start The Marathon Book Club after His Tragic Death

Monica Otayza
Jan 14, 2020
01:20 P.M.

Nipsey Hussle's love for reading has inspired the black community to start a group called "The Marathon Book Club" after his tragic death, encouraging them to read and learn more through books.


Since Nipsey Hussle's tragic death where he was killed outside his clothing store back in March, many of his fans have tried to find ways on how to honor him.

Nipsey Hussle's family accepting his BET Humanitarian Award | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

Nipsey Hussle's family accepting his BET Humanitarian Award | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine


While some were in the form of art and others in the form of supporting his music and merchandise, there was a 31-year-old from Wisconsin who decided to list down all the books that the late rapper mentioned in interviews, songs, and messages.

Nipsey Hussle's fans and family last bid the rapper goodbye through a memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.



Hussle's list of books included cult classics, self-help bestsellers, and even not-so-known books by black authors that are now being given the spotlight.

A year after the list went viral, a group of 74 black men and two Latinos make up four different chapters of The Marathon Book Club.



Monthly, they meet in Oakland, New York, Washington D.C., and of course, LA, to discuss the books that were favored by Hussle.

The group includes professors, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, athletes, and investment bankers. Together, they created a safe space where they can speak about their thoughts without being ridiculed by society. Thanks to Nipsey Hussle, they found solace in the words that once inspired and motivated Hussle to do the things he used to do.



Nipsey Hussle was more than just a musician to many, he was also an advocate, a philanthropist, and a humanitarian.

In June, he was awarded the posthumous BET Humanitarian Award. His mom and longtime girlfriend Lauren London received it on his behalf.



Hussle has contributed to the improvement of the Crenshaw neighborhood for years, providing locals with employment through his businesses like the Marathon store.

Nipsey Hussle's fans and family last bid the rapper goodbye through a memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Since then, fans have continued to celebrate him in many ways and it'll remain that way for quite a while.

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