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Connections: Remembering the life and work of Toni Morrison

Aug 12, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison died last week at the age of 88. Morrison is perhaps best known for her work, “Beloved,” but her work spans six decades and includes novels, children’s books, plays, an opera, and more. As reported by Time Magazine, Morrison was largely ignored as a writer for about a decade in the 1970s, but that changed and she “widened the nation’s literary canon, serving as its conscience through trying times and establishing herself as the keeper of its marginalized histories.” She was honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature, among many other accolades.

This hour, we’re joined by local writers who discuss Morrison’s life and work, and her legacy reflecting and influencing the lives of black Americans. In studio:

  • Leslie C. Youngblood, author of “Love Like Sky”
  • Tokeya C. Graham, English professor, and founder of “We All Write” black women’s writing consortium
  • Lu Highsmith, program director of LuCreations Production, former leader of the Roc Bottom Slam Poetry team, and member of “We All Write” black women’s writing consortium