Toni Morrison, one of the towering figures in American literature and revered narrator of the African American experience, died Monday (August 5) at the age of 88. The author of 11 powerful novels, she was the first African American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. She also won the Pulitzer Prize, and in 2012, President Barack Obama awarded her America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
To begin this month's edition of Midday Culture Connections, Tom and series co-host Dr. Sheri Parks, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at MICA, discuss Toni Morisson's unique contributions to literature, feminism and humanism.
This conversation was livestreamed on WYPR's Facebook page, and you can watch the video here. The segment runs from 0:00 to 13:45 into the stream.