Lorain County Community College celebrated the life and works of Lorain born Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Toni Morrison, after her passing on Aug. 5, 2019 at the age of 88. Born Chloe Anthony Wofford on Feb. 18, 1931, Morrison would go on to write novels covering topics of community, family, and African-American life and culture.
Keynote speaker Marilyn Sanders Mobley, PhD, whose first book, “Folk Roots and Mythic Wings in Sarah Orne Jewett and Toni Morrison: The Cultural Function of Narrative”, was one of the first cross-cultural studies on the Nobel Prize winning author. Mobley thanked Morrison for creating a place of belonging for her works recalling, “Love for her adaptability to work with language until it spoke to us with richness and complexity that was familiar and welcome, and trust that she respected us and the community from which she came with a deep sense of knowing.”
Jewon Woo, PhD, African-American literature professor here at LCCC, worked with her students to help create a digital map and narrative of Toni Morrison life in Lorain. Some places include her home on Elyria Ave. and the Old Lorain Library. Many of the places included were worked into Morrison’s writing. Anybody can view this digital map at https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/3bde773f6fea3d4e97bc8a9373de6b0e/toni-morrisons-lorain/index.html