President Barack Obama Pays Tribute to Writer Toni Morrison

Former President Barack Obama took to Instagram to share a moving tribute to Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer Toni Morrison.

Author Toni Morrison died at the age of 88 on August 5th. Morrison was a Nobel-prize winning author, she started her career with her first book entitled “The Bluest Eye” in 1970. Morrison had more than 10 bestselling books.  Her most notable works were her books entitled “Beloved” and “Song of Solomon”. Alongside her Nobel prize, she received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 2012, she also was a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, which she received the medal from Former President Barack Obama.

In Obama’s Instagram post, he stated that Morrison was a “national treasure” and that “Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful—a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. ”

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Time is no match for Toni Morrison. In her writing, she sometimes toyed with it, warping and creasing it, bending it to her masterful will. In her life’s story, too, she treated time nontraditionally. A child of the Great Migration who’d lifted up new, more diverse voices in American literature as an editor, Toni didn’t publish her first novel until she was 39 years old. From there followed an ascendant career—a Pulitzer, a Nobel, and so much more—and with it, a fusion of the African American story within the American story. Toni Morrison was a national treasure. Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful—a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. And so even as Michelle and I mourn her loss and send our warmest sympathies to her family and friends, we know that her stories—that our stories—will always be with us, and with those who come after, and on and on, for all time.

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Toni Morrison books and stories touched a lot of our hearts. She and her talent will truly be missed. The family has asked for privacy, but will announce a celebration of her life plans soon.

 

Madeline Brown

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