First black woman who win Nobel, dies at 88 age
The first black woman to win a Nobel Prize in Literature for her novels depicting the struggles of black Americans living in a white society ridden with racial discrimination, Toni Morrison, has died at 88 age.
“I would like to write novels that were unmistakably mine, but nevertheless fit first into African American traditions and second of all, this whole thing called literature,” she said in a 1993 interview with the Paris Review. “It’s very important to me that my work be African American; if it assimilates into a different or larger pool, so much the better.”
She won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for “Beloved” and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, in 2012. It was presented by Barack Obama, whose Facebook page lists Morrison’s “Song of Solomon” (1977) as one of his favorite books. The novel deals with a disillusioned young black man, Macon “Milkman” Dead, who reconnects with his roots and finds spiritual meaning.