Toni Morrison, Author and Nobel Laureate, Dead at 88
Toni Morrison was a celebrated American novelist, famous for her critically acclaimed Beloved Trilogy. In 1993 Morrison became the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Beloved, a story loosely based on a run away slave, also won her the Nobel Prize and American Book Award in 1988. She grew up hearing African American folk stories from her father, which later inspired her writings which explored race, and the African American experience. In 2012, President Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Morrison passed away August, 5 due to complications with pneumonia. She was 88.