Toni Morrison wrote, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” And that’s exactly what she did.
In 1993, she was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and she has a Pulitzer too.
The Toni Morrison Society is honoring her with a memorial tribute on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.
Emory professor and senior minister of First Congregational Church Dwight Andrews and Toni Morrison Society founder Carolyn Denard talked to “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes about the event.
“She [Morrison] wanted to look directly at black lives; in her words ‘at our elaborately socialized world’ and tell our stories. Other than her 33 published works and a million lectures, her love and generosity, she also left us with this affirming of your own reality,” Denard said.
Those giving tributes include former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, novelist Tayari Jones, professor Beverly Guy-Sheftall, the Trey Clegg Singers, the Morrison Tribute Jazz Trio from Emory University under the direction of Gary Motley, and others.
Spelman music director Trey Clegg and the Trey Clegg Singers will perform excerpts from Margaret Garner with a libretto by Morrison. “Beloved,” a novel written by Morrison, was inspired by Garner’s story.
The Toni Morrison Atlanta Memorial Tribute is free and open to the public.