Sometimes What You're Looking For is in You to Create
Toni Morrison was a prolific writer of numerous novels and essays, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for literature in 1993. Her works focused primarily on the Black experience in America. Toni, whose full name was Chloe Anthony Wofford, was always an academic. She attended esteemed HBCU Howard for her B.A. and went on to obtain her M.A. at Cornell. After graduation, she went into education, teaching writing at a few top universities.
But, what would bring her biggest accolades was her beautifully written novels that truly spoke to her readers. She had such a gift of inviting readers intimately into the words of her books -- and illustrating the characters’ stories so profoundly, that you -- as the reader, felt the emotions in her writing to be true.
Although she’d already written several novels and was wildly successful in her own right, she gained mainstream notoriety after she published the acclaimed novel and later Pulitzer Prize-winning movie, Beloved, which starred Oprah Winfrey.
Throughout Toni’s life, she pulled out what was in her and poured it into books, essays, and visuals. Her gifts to the world.
“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
― Toni Morrison
If there are thoughts on your mind, in your heart, or something that won’t leave you -- that is your sign -- letting you know that you’ve got to let it out. Take pen to paper and write it out. Get in front of a camera and pour it into the lens. Grab a mic and speak what’s inside of you to the world. Your story needs to be heard because you will never know how many people are waiting to hear from you. You have no idea how many lives you can impact. If it’s in you, please, let it out to the world.
~Ambitious & Black