In 1993, Toni Morrison became the first black woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize after she took home the prize for her outstanding contribution to literature and giving life to an essential part of reality that had been so downplayed – the African American experience.
With over 12 books and 20 prestigious awards to her name, including a Grammy for best spoken word album, it is hard to believe that Toni Morrison only started writing at the age of 39 when she had read so many works of fiction but did not find anything on the things she was really interested in – lives of regular black people living during significant times such as slavery and the civil war.
Today, Toni Morrison is celebrated around the world as the greatest writer of our time with her books such as Beloved, Sula, The Bluest Eye and Songs of Solomon on the reading requirements list of several top notch schools around the world.
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Born on February 18, 1931, the 88-year-old writer of poetry, adult and children’s books, as well as, non-fiction has since taught in several schools around the world.
Here are 11 quotes from the iconic writer on race and African Americans to keep the Black History Month spirit alive.