Monroeville, AL - A sad day for literary fans all over the world: author Harper Lee passed away at age 89.
Long before we heard the phrase, "Can't we all just get along?" Lee wrote the book on it.
Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, became a classic for generations.
Even Oprah Winfrey sent out a tweet about Lee's passing stating, "Harper Lee...My 1st favorite author!" She closed it with the hashtag, #RIPHarperLee.
Houstonians are talking about Lee's impact as well. "I think Harper Lee's legacy is that she really responsibly started a dialogue," one guy said. "I know that maybe at the time it doesn't seem that way, but looking back at it, it really has."
Another local echoed that sentiment, saying "I think that it really brought it up forward to society to really evaluate how we judge people so quickly."
"I think it definitely improved racial relations by helping people understand what life was actually like," another Houstonian expressed.
Literary scholars agree, and they consider Lee to be one of America's greatest writers.
University of Houston English Professor Audrey Colombe remarked that "it [To Kill A Mockingbird] really opens up a conversation for young people about a long history in this country of the limits of Justice and the place of Compassion."
The magic of "Mockingbird" seems to be how Lee helped us all to learn some life-long wisdom. As Lee stated through the character of Atticus Finch, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb inside of his skin, and walk around in it."
Thanks to her classic novel, Lee's legacy will live on forever.