Celebrating the Life of Toni Morrison

The New York Women’s Foundation mourns the loss of prolific nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Her profound work as a storyteller and thought leader have shaped the literary landscape, creating profound stories authentic to the experiences of Black women and families.

In 1993, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first Black woman to receive the honor. Her critically-acclaimed novel Beloved was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. From works including The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, Sula and more, Morrison’s unique voice and endearing creativity continue to inspire generations of writers and changemakers. Her fearless words, bold teachings and incomparable gifts will continue to be sorely missed.

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