In this Sept. 1987 file photo, author Toni Morrison poses with a copy of her book “Beloved” in New York. Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in “Beloved,””Song of Solomon” and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced that Morrison died Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.(AP Photo/David Bookstaver, File)

Sincere condolences to Toni Morrison’s family, friends and readers all over the world.” Journene Bass

Toni Morrison’s light, her fire, was all-consuming. Unapologetically Black, before there was a t-shirt. She is the blueprint, mapping the ways we might love and respect each other and ourselves. She left us at 88: a reminder that she is not gone, but doubly infinite. That her work will always guide us. Thank you, Ms. Morrison.  — Savannah Wood

I’m a published author for the most part because of Toni Morrison’s encouragement. Her charge in a 1993 interview made a huge impact on my life , “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.”– Dana M. Peck

Toni Morrison, an Oracle for the unspoken things— a force of lyrical nature! She used her writings like a super power, to affect change, provoke thought and to impress hope. Her legacy of truth lives on through every story she’s ever told and through every piece she’s ever pinned. We are forever grateful for the imprint she has left on this world. ~ Miss Be-Inspired