World Braille Day and the “Book of Eli”

Denzel Washington’s movie character in the Book of Eli carries a book he’s convinced will bring hope to an apocalyptic world ravished by war—treacherously tracked by one man who will do anything to stop him!

And on this, World Braille Day, a hint is given to the startling twist in the film!

In the early 19th Century, little was done to help the blind read or write.

Louis Braille, blinded as a child, learned to spell by tracing leather letters. But his determination to read and write for himself inspired him to invent a simpler code of raised dots—a system so significant in teaching the blind it’s still used today!

And the Book Eli carried in the movie?

The Bible in Braille, and what you’re left to surmise is, Eli was blind!

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