The world mourns today (Aug.6) as the historic African American writer, Toni Morrison, passed away Monday night (Aug.5) her publisher, Knopf, confirmed Tuesday. She was 88.
Morrison was the first African American Woman to win a Nobel Piece Prize and is widely revered across the world for her unforgettable poetic writings of life as a Black American. She also won a Pulitzer Prize for her her novel ‘Beloved’ which detailed the harsh realities of slavery and motherhood, leaving a lasting impression on cultures world-wide.
We are profoundly sad to report that Toni Morrison has died at the age of eighty-eight.
“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”
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— Alfred A. Knopf (@AAKnopf) August 6, 2019
A cause of death has not be specified. The legendary writer passed away peacefully at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, a spokeswoman for Knopf said. Morrison was a frequent guest with legendary host Charlie Rose and was greeted with many questions about her fascinations with writing about race. In an unforgettable interview, Morrison talked about what racism is to her:
Barack Obama presenting Morrison with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.