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Toni Morrison wrote to us again and again, exhorting our beauty, making us grapple with our pain, reaffirming our humanity. Her every word a caress, her every sentence an embrace, her every paragraph, a cupping of her hands around our faces that said: I know you, I see you, we are together. -- Jesmyn Ward, Novelist
I don’t know if we would have the vocabulary for contemplating the impact of slavery upon contemporary selfhood and nationhood, let alone for speaking publicly about it, were it not for the work of Toni Morrison. -- Tracy K. Smith, 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States
She was fearless. She said you could be black and great. And she never stopped saying that. --Bryan Stevenson, Lawyer, Advocate, Founder and Director of the Equal Justice Initiative
Technically, she is magnificent, her emotional intelligence is second to none and her bravery – she didn’t care what people thought, be that the reader or not, she just told the truth as she saw it – was equal to her artistry. --Kwame Kwei-Armah, Actor, Playwright, Director
What drew me to her novels wasn’t just the depth of characters or the freshness of her language, but her unrelenting commitment to excavating the past, and interrogating it. -- Laila Lalami, Novelist, Essayist
Celebrating and documenting the creativity of Asian, Black, Latina, and Native women, VG is one of the internet's most comprehensive and well-respected academic databases for women writers of color. The site reaches backward and forward to place readers on a bridge which connects the gaps that exist in literature, society, and culture. Through our student-generated profiles, essays, reviews, and interviews, you can engage with artists whose works put faces on difficult and important issues.