THE WORLD PAYS LAST RESPECTS FOR TONI MORRISON
August 7, 20190
Toni Morrison, who died Monday at the age of 88, was the first black woman to do some important things—become an editor at Random House and win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Morrison told the Paris Review in 1993. “It’s very important to me that my work be African American,”
As a result, at Random House, she published a dazzling array of black literary talent, from Gayl Jones and Henry Dumas to Toni Cade Bambara and Angela Davis.
Furthermore, to set an example and inspire, Morrison paved the way for and encouraged countless writers who might otherwise have felt there was no place for people like them in the pantheon of American literature.
Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while. pic.twitter.com/JG7Jgu4p9t
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 6, 2019
She made me understand“writer” was a fine profession. I grew up wanting to be only her. Dinner with her was a night I will never forget. Rest, Queen. “Toni Morrison, seminal author who stirringly chronicled the Black American experience, dies” https://t.co/S6qxix5OCj
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 6, 2019
“If there is a book that you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it,” Toni Morrison said.
We are all so lucky to live in a world where she took her own advice and shared it with others.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 6, 2019
Aw man Toni Morrison taught me the word Rememory. RIP to a incredibly powerful and impactful woman.
— The Big Day out now (@chancetherapper) August 6, 2019