Black History Month: Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was an accomplished novelist that published a variety of well-known novels such as; “Sula”, “Beloved”, “The Bluest Eyes” and “Song of Solomon”. The works accomplished by this astounding African-American author are centralized around being a person of color in America, illustrating history and hardships.

Morrison’s greatest accomplishment was becoming the first African-American woman to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature. Her achievements have been recognized nationwide, and her novels are taught in most Advanced Placement classes, which discuss topics of race and discrimination against people of color in America. 

As a novelist, her works served as a reminder that discrimination and racism are still present today. Her personal experience with racism and segregation fueled her desire to become a writer to discuss these topics. According to the National Women’s History Museum, Morrison also taught political activist Stokely Carmicheal, one of the many members of the Black Panthers.

Since Morrison’s passing in 2019, her novels remind students, adults and anyone willing to read them that the importance of bringing awareness of the discrimination people of color face is crucial for future generations. Morrison’s novels display only a fraction of what African- Americans in America face, and the sheer amount of novels that educate those willing to listen can help make a change that will teach generations to come about the struggles and accomplishments of people of color.

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it,” Morrison said.