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Toni Morrison

 

Toni Morrison, the first black woman to receive the Nobel
Prize in Literature, was born Chloe Anthony Wofford in
1931. She was the second of four children of George
Wofford, a shipyard welder and Ramal Willis Wofford. Her
parents moved to Ohio from the South to escape racism and
find better opportunities. Her father was a hardworking and
dignified man, working at three jobs at the same time for
almost seventeen years. At home, Chloe heard many songs and
tales of Southern black folklore as her family was proud of
their heritage. 

Loraine, was a small industrial town populated with
European, Mexican and Southern blacks who lived next to
each other. Chloe attended an integrated school and did not
encounter discrimination until she started dating. After
graduation, she was accepted at Howard University in
Washington DC, where she majored in English. From there she
went to Cornell University in Ithaca and received a master
in 1955. She became an English instructor at Texas Southern
University, in Houston. In 1957 she returned to Howard
University as a member of the faculty. This was a time of
civil rights movements and she met several people who were
later active in the struggle. One of her students was
Stokely Carmichael who then became a leader of the SNCC.
 
At Howard she fell in love with a young Jamaican architect,
Harold Morrison. They Married in 1958 but it was not a
happy union. Even though she had two sons, she divorced her
husband , left the University and returned to her parents'
home in Lorain. 

In 1964, Morrison obtained a mob with a textbook subsidiary
of Random House in Syracuse, NY as an associate editor. I
was at this time in her life that she began to write. Her
first novel, "The Bluest Eyes", was finally published in
1970 to much critical acclaim. She continued writing and
also began lecturing at various Universities. 

In 1984, she was named the Albert Schweitzer Professor of
the Humanities at the State University of New York in
Albany. She has written several outstanding novels and
plays. 
 

 




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