RIP Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, Acclaimed Author, Dies at 88

Toni Morrison
Image: via Alfred E. Knopf

“Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this mission.” – Toni Morrison (Source: IFLA, Quotes on Intellectual Freedom and Censorship)

Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, passed away earlier this week. Morrison provided insights into the experience of African Americans, as had not been represented before. Her novels often drew criticism, being deemed as “too explicit” or “not appropriate,” and often landed her on the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned and Challenged Books list. Morrison was never silenced, until now; fortunately, her voice will live on in her books.

Thigpen Library has many of Morrison’s novels available for loan, including Beloved, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon, all of which frequently made the ALA’s Banned and Challenged Books list.

  • Submitted by Teri Terranova