The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College presented the Tenth National Black Writers Conference: March 2010: Pictured (front row, left to right): Honoree Amiri Baraka; Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director, Center for Black Literature; poet and presenter Sonia Sanchez; Honorary Chair Toni Morrison; Dr. Cornel West; and Susan L. Taylor. (Back row, left to right) Dean Richard Jones; Dean Moses Newsome; MEC student, and Honoree Kamau Brathwaite. Photo by Andre Beckles.

The Center for Black Literature Mourns Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College Mourns the Loss of Toni Morrison

A Tree Has Fallen, Toni Morrison Has Joined the Ancestors

 

Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1987, transitioned on August 5, 2019, at the age of 88.  Morrison was a scholar, educator, and prolific writer who was extremely supportive of Black writers. We were pleased that she served as Honorary Chair of the Tenth National Black Writers Conference presented by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College in 2010. Since then, we have presented award-winning novelists with the Toni Morrison Award, for their achievement in exceptional literature.

Our hearts go out to her family, the literary community, and to the countless number of people who have been affected by her novels and essays. On a global scale, her work has provided an intergenerational and authentic portrait of what it means to be Black in America. Her careful and deliberate documentation of our legacy and her insightful commentary and scholarship on literature and American culture have left an indelible legacy for all to consider.

We treasure you and will miss you, Toni Morrison. Thank you for the gifts that you have left us.

 

Dr. Brenda M. Greene,

Founder and Executive Director, Center for Black Literature, Medgar Evers College, CUNY