Toni Morrison, essayist, novelist, professor, and Nobel Prize winner, passed away on August 5th, 2019.
In the wake of her death, many people, fans and celebrities alike, have been sharing the impact that the author has had on their lives. Oprah Winfrey and former president Barack Obama shared some particularly touching responses.
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Winfrey shared this image of her and Morrison on her Instagram with the following caption:
In the beginning was the Word. Toni Morrison took the word and turned it into a Song… of Solomon, of Sula, Beloved, Mercy, Paradise, Love, and more. She was our conscience. Our seer. Our truth-teller.
She was a magician with language, who understood the Power of words. She used them to roil us, to wake us, to educate us and help us grapple with our deepest wounds and try to comprehend them.
It is exhilarating and life-enhancing every time I read and share her work.
This pic was her first appearance on the Oprah Show.
She was Empress-Supreme among writers. Long may her WORDS reign!
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Obama posted about Morrison multiple times. On Tuesday morning he posted on Twitter:
Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while.
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Obama included the above image with his tweet, and posted the same image on Instagram along with this caption:
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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2016 Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton tweeted a quote from Morrison, sharing her condolences:
“If there is a book that you want to read but it hasn’t been written, you must be the one to write it,” Tony Morrison said.
We are all so lucky to live in a world where she took her own advice and shared it with others.
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Tracee Ellis Ross, lead actress in Black-ish and daughter of Diana Ross, tweeted her own response to the news:
Toni Morrison. While you have left the physical realm, the many treasures you left us will bear fruit for generations and generations. Your work has cascaded through my life deeply and simply… rest in power to a beloved icon.
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Shonda Rhimes, creator, head writer, and executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy had this to say on her Twitter:
She made me understand “writer” was a fine profession. I grew up wanting to be only her. Dinner with her was a night I will never forget. Rest, queen.
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Lastly, George Takei took to Twitter with his own response:
A towering figure in literature, Toni Morrison, has passed. Winner of the Noble Prize, and keeper and storyteller for so much of our nation’s soul, she was truly beloved to us all. Rest now, and let us honor you as a nation eternally grateful for your contribution.
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