On this historic day, February 18, 1931, the American author Toni Morrison was born in Ohio
American author and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison was born on this day in history, February 18, 1931.
Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio, the second of four children, and was given the birth name Chloe Anthony Wofford, according to the National Women’s History Museum.
As a child, Morrison focused on her studies and became an avid reader.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, FEB. On February 17, 1801, Jefferson was elected president as partisan politics divided the new nation
She was a member of her school’s debating team and yearbook staff, and later became library director at the Lorain Public Library.
Morrison converted to Catholicism at the age of 12 and was baptized Anthony after Saint Anthony of Padua – nicknamed Toni, reports the National Women’s History Museum.
In 1949, Morrison moved to Washington, DC to attend Howard University, a historically black college.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, JAN. VOL. 20 1930, BUZZ ALDRIN IS BORN, MOON WALKER TEACHED MANKIND “HEAVEN IS NOT THE LIMIT”
Morrison toured the then-racially segregated South frequently with the university’s theater company, the Howard University Players.
Morrison received her bachelor’s degree in English and continued her education at Cornell University, where she earned her Master of Arts in English.
After graduating in 1955, Morrison taught English at Texas Southern University but then returned to teach at Howard University.
Upon returning to her alma mater, Morrison tutored civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael and met her husband, Harold Morrison.
‘HARRY POTTER’ AUTHOR JK ROWLING SAYS PEOPLE HAVE ‘MISUNDERSTOOD’ HER COMMENTS ABOUT BIOLOGICAL SEX
Morrison taught at Howard for seven years before accepting a position as a textbook editor at Random House in Syracuse, New York.
Two years later, Morrison moved to the company’s New York office and began editing fiction and books written by black authors.
In 1970, at the age of 39, Morrison published her first book, The Bluest Eye.
That book was followed by her second novel, Sula, in 1977, and her third, Song of Solomon, which made Morrison a household name, according to the museum.
CLASSIC AUTHOR QUIZ! HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT THESE GREAT AUTHORS AND THEIR WORKS?
In 1987, Morrison published her novel Beloved, based on the true story of an enslaved woman.
This book was a bestseller for 25 weeks – and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Morrison was the first black woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.
Three years later, she was also honored with the National Book Foundation’s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH QUIZ: TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THIS TRIBUTE MONTH
Beloved was filmed in 1998, starring Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Thandiwe Newton and Kimberly Elise.
While pursuing her writing career, Morrison worked as a professor in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University and wrote children’s books with her son.
Morrison received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford, according to the museum, and has been consistently praised for her work.
In 2000, the Library of Congress proclaimed Morrison a living legend, reports the National Women’s History Museum.
CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER
She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 — the same month she published her last book with her son.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
Morrison died of complications from pneumonia on August 5, 2019 in New York.
https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/this-day-history-feb-18-1931-american-author-toni-morrison-born-ohio On this historic day, February 18, 1931, the American author Toni Morrison was born in Ohio