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Toni Morrison Passes Away

The Realist Woman works to shine a light on underreported stories about women and girls, and while this next story is not underreported, I could not finish out this week without mentioning the passing of beloved and celebrated author Toni Morrison.

I was introduced to Morrison in one of my high school English classes and I’m grateful for it. We read her first book, The Bluest Eye and it pierced my soul. It was haunting. It was real and raw. There haven’t been many books in my lifetime where just thinking about it can send shivers through my veins.

She was brilliant, bold, brave and revered for giving black women a voice and a space in literature for the black experience. In 1988 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved, in 1993, she was the first black woman awarded the Nobel Prize in literature and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

The great thing about an artist, writer, and poet like Morrison is her work will continue to inspire for generations. 

Writer Blue Telusma, of TheGrio blog, wrote a beautiful tribute to Morrison that you can read here.