Today in Black History: October 7, 1993 “Iconic Author Toni Morrison Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature”


On October 7, 1993, author Toni Morrison, was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. Morrison is an iconic African American writer who is known for her novels, short stories, and essays. Morrison’s work expresses the black experience, while challenging the ideology of whiteness, and darkness. Some of Toni Morrison’s most popular pieces of work are her novels The Bluest Eyes, Song of Solomon, and Beloved. In 1988, Toni Morrison was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel, Beloved. Toni Morrison stated in her book of essays Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, “My work requires me to think about how free I can be as an African-American woman writer in my tenderized, sexualized, wholly racialized world.”


“No one ever talks about the moment you found that you were white. Or the moment you found out you were black. That’s a profound revelation. The minute you find that out, something happens. You have to renegotiate everything.” – Toni Morrison

Source: The Nobel Prize in Literature 1993


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