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Reflecting on the Literature and Legacy of Toni Morrison

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Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison in Paris in 2010. That year she was awarded a city of Paris medal honoring thinkers and artists with strong ties to the capital, and received France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honour. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

Toni Morrison, acclaimed author of “Beloved,” “Song of Solomon” and “The Bluest Eye,” died on Monday at the age of 88. The first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, Morrison’s work brought center-stage black identity and womanhood in America, and her writing style echoed and built upon black oral traditions. This hour on Forum, we’ll remember her legacy as an author who pushed against the homogeneity of the American literary canon and wrote stories of enduring emotional resonance. We want to hear from you: What is something she said or wrote that you’ll never forget?

Guests:

Dr. Carolyn Denard, founder and board chair, The Toni Morrison Society

Adrienne Seward, professor emerita, English Department, Colorado College; author, "Toni Morrison: Meaning and Memory"

Michael Eric Dyson, professor of sociology, Georgetown University; author, "What Truth Sounds Like" and "Tears We Cannot Stop"

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