Toni Morrison by the Forward

Toni Morrison Is Dead At 88. Here’s How The World Is Honoring Her.

The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, whose work gave moving voice to the African American experience, died August 5 at the age of 88.

Morrison’s death, announced this morning by her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, is already drawing an outpouring of tributes, with many emphasizing Morrison’s abiding interest in empathy and the pernicious nature of prejudice.

Honoring Morrison were authors, journalists and celebrities.

Novelist Rachel Kadish, who was a student of Morrison’s at Princeton, emphasized the continuing urgency of Morrison’s work.

Writer Roxane Gay praised Morrison for her craft and clear view of humanity.

“The Wire” creator David Simon spoke of Morrison’s unparalleled ability to use our language as a force for good, while actress Natasha Lyonne retweeted her favorite Morrison aphorism.

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross spoke of Morrison’s work’s iconic influence on her life and filmmaker Ava DuVernay quoted the Nobel laureate’s thoughts on grace.

Chef and food historian Michael Twitty praised Morrison’s fearlessness in the face of white critics, and shared Richard Avedon’s iconic 1981 Newsweek cover photo of the author.

Representative Marcia L. Fudge, from Morrison’s home state of Ohio, had no doubt as to the author’s enduring legacy.

President Barack Obama, who presented Morrison with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, praised the her spirit - both in print and in person.

But perhaps no one on Twitter paid a more elegant tribute to the “Beloved” author than, which simply tweeted what Morrison was to so many.

PJ Grisar is the Forward’s culture fellow. He can be reached at

Writers, Thinkers And Celebs Honor Toni Morrison


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