Celebrating Black History / Literature: Toni Morrison

February 15 / 16

Hello….Monday is here, Shadowbox is continuing its celebration of Black History Month. Now we’re looking at literature and who better to represent than Toni Morrison.


  • Born Chloe Ardelia Wofford. According to an interview, She received the baptismal name of Antony, which became the basis for her nickname Toni, when she became a Catholic at age 12.
  • Her best known novels are The Bluest Eyes (1970), Sula (1973), Song of Solomon (1977), and Beloved (1987) to name a few….
  • Commissioned to write the libretto for Margaret Garner, a new opera performed in 2005.
  • Won the Pulitzer and American Book in 1988 for Beloved.
  • Received the Nobel Prize in 1993 and the Presidential Medal for Freedom in 2012.
  • She also wrote a few children’s books with her late younger son, Slade Morrison, such as The Tortoise or The Hare, Little Cloud and Lady Wind, and The Big Box.
  • Her latest novel: God Help the Child.

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.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Enjoy the rest of your Monday and be blessed!
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