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Celebrating Toni Morrison



Guest host, author Tayari Jones, helps us to celebrate one of America’s most important writers, Toni Morrison, who died in August of 2019. Her novels, including Beloved, Jazz, and Song of Solomon, have become an indelible part of the American canon. Her fierce, poetic visions earned her the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was also an editor, advocate, teacher, and mother. This program features performances of her works by friends, colleagues, and admirers, including her essay “A Knowing So Deep” read by Jones, an excerpt from The Bluest Eye performed by Anika Noni Rose, an excerpt from Jazz performed by S. Epatha Merkerson, and “Sweetness” performed by Phylicia Rashad. We also hear a tribute from writer Fran Lebowitz, who says that Morrison was “two of my four best friends.”

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