I Said I Would Learn to Read, and I Read. - OZY | A Modern Media Company

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

People come from all over to be inspired by Anthony Hamilton. Now you can, too. 

By Carlos Watson


And I’m going to tell you what I told them – We’re doing it because this guy is gargantuan. It’s the story of a man who learned to read in his 20s and then went on to write a number of books. It’s the story of a man who was helped by others, and now does the same thing himself. It’s the story of someone who wouldn’t give up. It’s the story of the American Dream, and I want everyone to know about it.When I told the OZY editorial team that I wanted to profile Anthony Hamilton, former illiterate football player turned self-published author, they gave me a hard time. They said, ”Carlos, we’re glad you want to tell the story of a poor black guy who makes it and yes, it’s a compelling story. But there are a lot of stories out there like this, why should we tell this one?

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