The first African American to win the Nobel Peace prize for literature, author Toni Morrison has died. She died on Monday at a New York hospital. She was 88.
The author is best known for her works such as, Beloved, The Bluest Eyes, Song of Solomon, Sula, and Tar Baby.
“It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends,” Morrison’s family wrote in a statement. “Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well-lived life.” They concluded.
Former President Obama awarded the author the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
Along with writing, the Howard Alumni, taught English and the humanities at Texas Southern University. After that she became a professor at Yale and Princeton universities. She was also the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature.
Four of Morrison’s novels made their way onto Oprah Winfrey’s book club. Oprah Winfrey, herself starred in the movie version of Morrison’s 1987 novel, Beloved. The book won a Pulitzer Prize.
Morrison served as the co-chair of the Schomburg Commison for the Preservation of Black Culture and was a member of Africa Watch. Additionally, she was a part of the Helsinki Watch Committees of Human Rights Watch.