Malcolm X “Learning to Read” is a piece of reading that can inspire others to make an effort to break down barriers. He does this by giving a introduction about himself and how he only had the education level of an eighth grader, but the work he produced was so exceptional and equivalent to the work of a college student. And he got up to that point just by reading a dictionary in jail, so not only was time not wasted but he also didn’t take his low education level as a sign of defeat but as a motivation to communicate better with others in ways he couldn’t imagine doing. Readers of this piece can find in themselves the courage to get up and make a change in their flaws. Once they have time and energy to get past their barriers they, like Malcolm X, can get through the the struggle and make something great of themselves.