“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” – Toni Morrison
And write them, she did. Toni Morrison was a great American writer that created many diverse books and countless Colorful Pages. One of my only experiences with a diverse book assigned during my high school English classes was with Beloved, by Toni Morrison. Her novel was captivating and one of the hardest books to read because it was packed with symbolism and imagery far beyond what my high school mind was used to. Beloved made me a better reader and, many years later, I still have my copy of it on my book shelf.
So, it is with a very, very heavy heart that I write that, on August 5, 2019, Ms. Morrison passed away at 88 years old. Ms. Morrison leaves behind an immense legacy of strong words and books that reflect the true experience of many communities of color. Her literature has won multiple awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for Beloved. She is, as President Barack Obama stated, a “national treasure”.
To honor her life, I am listing a few of her great works (and there are many to choose from) that everyone should consider adding to their Colorful Pages libraries at their own homes and especially in their secondary education classrooms. All of these books center stories and characters of color and a couple of them are her nonfiction essays about race, which I highly recommend.
Thank you so much, Ms. Morrison, for blessing us with these colorful pages. We hope you are resting in power.
The Bluest Eye (1970)
“Recitatif” (Short Story; 1983)
This is a short story, so, unfortunately, there is not a book cover that I can post with it.
What Moves at the Margin (2008)
The Origin of Others (2017)
Picture of Ms. Morrison are from:
Toni Morrison – Photo gallery. NobelPrize.org. Nobel Media AB 2019. Tue. 6 Aug 2019. <https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1993/morrison/photo-gallery/>