Toni Morrison

August 6, 2019

Today I mourn the loss of Toni Morrison. It's a deep grieving for her as mother, aunt, elder sister, friend and inspiration. As we do after a death, I think of the times I spent with her: seeing her brilliance in The Pieces I Am film; at Rockefeller Chapel, when she chuckled as she read from her work; at a literary banquet, where she conversed onstage with Oprah; and with each one of her novels, joyously anticipated, read and often reread.

Toni Morrison fed us, guided us, challenged us. She created pathways for our minds and hearts. I'll be forever grateful that she lived among us and that she has left us with the fruits of her genius, strength and imagination.