This Day in Black History: Oct. 7, 1993

Toni Morrison receives Nobel Prize in literature.

Posted: 10/10/2011 09:22 AM EDT
Toni Morrison

Writer Toni Morrison became the first Black woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Oct. 7, 1993. The Nobel Committee said Morrison "delves into the language itself, a language she wants to liberate from the fetters of race. And she addresses us with the lustre of poetry."

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