In Memoriam: Toni Morrison


Credit: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

The Project on the History of Black Writing mourns the death of the incomparable Toni Morrison. A literary icon and our friend, we have long admired her brilliance, literary genius, and love of our culture. There are simply no words to describe the impact Toni Morrison has made on all of us as readers, writers, and researchers. Equally there are no words to fully capture the imprint she has left on our collective identity. Join us in lifting up her memory and reflecting on her legacy.

Toni Morrison Revisited: A Collection of HBW Posts on Morrison

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye: Black Girls as Central Figures and escaping essentialist representations.

Playing in the Sunlight: Colors of Imagination, or Toni Morrison Revisited on her prose in Playing the Dark.

Toni Morrison: A Full Circle in Motion and In Toni Morrison’s Latest Novel, Black (Children’s) Lives Matter, on Morrison’s extraordinary storytelling and her novel God Help the Child (2015).

Language Mattersa national educational and service initiative of the Toni Morrison Society. Established in 2001, it provided opportunities for interactive dialogue among school teachers and between teachers and scholars, and to create appropriate instructional materials for those teaching imaginative literature, especially the novels of Toni Morrison in secondary school classrooms. Language Matters was coordinated by HBW and was a three-time NEH grant recipient.

Language Matters IV with Toni Morrison at the Bellevilloise Cultural Center, November 5, 2010. All photos, unless other noted, Credit: C.B.Claiborne


Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, a documentary film

The Toni Morrison Society

25 Toni Morrison Quotes that Left Me Shook

Princeton’s reflection on Toni Morrison, Nobel-winning author and emeritus Princeton faculty member

NPR on Toni Morrison, Whose Soaring Novels Were Rooted In Black Lives

Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ Author and Nobel Laureate

Morrison mural in Paris, unveiled during  Legion of Honor Award festivities in 2010. Graffiti artist unknown.


Morrison unveiling a “Bench by the Road” commemorating  the abolition of slavery in Paris, France, 2010.


Morrison with Richard Danielpour, Hank and Billye and Billye Aaron, New York premiere of opera “Margaret Garner,” 2005


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“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” – Toni Morrison

Rest in Peace Chloe A. “Toni” (Wofford) Morrison