Earlier this week, we lost a literary genius when Toni Morrison passed away late Monday evening from complications of pneumonia. Toni Morrison was 88-years-old.
A brilliant author, Morrison became the first black woman to receive a Nobel Prize in literature for her best-selling novels, essays, and children’s books. In addition to that, she was also a professor emeritus at Princeton University. Her novel, Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.
“I know how to write forever. I don’t think I could have happily stayed here in the world if I did not have a way of thinking about it, which is what writing is for me,” Morrison said several years ago. “It’s control. Nobody tells me what to do. It’s mine. It’s free. It’s a way of thinking. It’s pure knowledge.” – Toni Morrison.
After the devastating news let out, many celebrities took it to social media to remember the author’s life and legacy.
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. pic.twitter.com/JG7Jgu4p9t— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 6, 2019
“If you look at the world as a brutal game, then you bump into the mystery of the tree-shaped scar. There seems to be such a thing as grace, such a thing as beauty, such a thing as harmony. All of which are wholly free and available to us.” Your life was our gift, #ToniMorrison pic.twitter.com/wcD7w9zKYp— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 6, 2019
The brilliance of Toni Morrison can only be explained by her own words! Rest In Power pic.twitter.com/0L5vkTWDJx— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 6, 2019
Toni Morrison 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/nVjs88kTeg— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 6, 2019
"In times of dread, artists must never remain silent. This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That’s how civilizations heal" Toni Morrison. pic.twitter.com/3U3u3HeyTZ— COMMON (@common) August 6, 2019
Rest easy, Toni Morrison.