Toni Morrison
(1931 - 2019)
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.

Source: Barack Obama ~ FB Post ~ 6 August 2019
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