Legacies in Black Literature: Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison

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  • Song of Solomon
  • Phenomenal Woman
  •  Beloved
  • Presidential Medal of Arts
  • Medals of Freedom
  • Legacy
  • It's an Honor
  • The Highest Honor
  • Still I Rise
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie
  • The Bluest Eye
  • “On the Pulse of The Morning”
  • Sula


"If a Negro got legs he ought to use them. Sit down too long, somebody will figure out a way to tie them up."
— Toni Morrison, Beloved, Ch. 1

Beloved, a deep, dark and extremely vivid novel, deals with themes of slavery and survival.  It won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 1998, it was adapted into a film starring Oprah Winfrey and a 2006 New York Times survey of writers and literary critics ranked it as the best work of American fiction of the past 25 years

(Photo: Publisher Alfred Knopf)

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