The author candidly voiced for rights of African Americans. She changed the way the world looked at race and gender
Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, Toni Morrison breathed her last on Monday night. Her words fought a battle not many could have dared to stand up against. And this caravan of giving voice to African Americans started with much before her first work, The Bluest Eye.
Toni Morrison who won a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, dies at 88.
The news was confirmed by her family and her publisher, Knopf. And this official statement made on Tuesday quoted that the 88-year-old died in Montefiore Medical Center, New York on the night of 5 August, Monday. Moreover, it was made public that Toni Morrison breathed her last after a short illness.
It is a great loss for the US and the world as a whole. Did you know? Toni was the first African-American woman to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. She is indeed one of the most celebrated authors in the history of the US. And rightly so.
Toni Morrison made sure she was very candid when she narrated the daily struggles of African-Americans in her writings. And she did it so well. Her book, The Black Book, showcased such horrors that remained unspoken about.
The lynchings of African-Americans was a common thing of the 19th and early 20th century. So much so that no one felt concerned or humane enough to stop an ongoing gruesome act. In fact, postcards of such lynching circulated publically. And Toni Morrison collected all of these postcards into her ‘The Black Book‘. She forced the world to see itself in the mirror and repent the past to shape the future.