Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison was born Chloe Wofford in 1931. She was 39 when she published her first novel about a black girl’s painful coming of age in a white society. The Bluest Eye and many subsequent works have earned Morrison the highest accolades in literature and established her as one of America’s leading fiction writers. Nikki Giovanni (Virginia Tech) and Joanne Gabbin (James Madison University) paid tribute to Toni Morrison with an extravaganza at VT that included nationally renowned writers, singers, and poets, including Maya Angelou. With Good Reason interviewed Toni Morrison and shares highlights from the night of tributes.

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