toni morrison

Novelist and Northeast Ohio native Toni Morrison would have been 89 years old Tuesday, February 18th. On her birthday, members of the community will celebrate her impact on their lives. The commemoration centers on a park bench in Oberlin that bears her name.

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When Toni Morrison received her Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, her remarks began with a reflection on the phrase once upon a time. In her signature, measured cadence, Morrison told the Swedish Academy she believed these were some of the first words we remember from our childhoods.