Toni Morrison Was The Originator Of Black Girl Magic

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison Was The Originator Of Black Girl Magic

We honor the late, great literary queen.

Published August 6, 2019

Written by Tira Urquhart

Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison passed away yesterday (Aug. 5) at the age of 88. As a shining light of the culture, we will continue to celebrate her genius as a true originator and exemplifier of #BlackGirlMagic. Before we even had a word for that, Toni Morrison was proof that when we harness our inherent magic, it can have the most profound effect on people. 

Her intelligence, poise, grace and talent radiated through her words and is the very reason I’m proud of being a Black woman. The Beloved author was unapologetic, bold and lived her life with intention. 

“Being a black woman writer is not a shallow place but a rich place to write from. It doesn't limit my imagination; it expands it. It's richer than being a white male writer because I know more and I've experienced more.”

The mother, author, leader and outspoken angel reached a level of success that some may never reach, but she always believed in taking the next generation along with you.

"I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab bag candy game." 

Today we honor her. See all the reasons why we believe she was the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic throughout her life and fruitful career.

 

  1. she embraced her gray hair and wore natural locs, displaying them proudly
    Pulitzer prize winning author, Toni Morrison, 77, is photographed in her New York apartment .
    (Photo: Timothy Fadek/Corbis via Getty Images)
  2. she always demanded respect and stood up for herself
  3. She Was Given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama
    <<enter caption here>> on May 29, 2012 in Washington, DC.
    (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
  4. She won a Nobel Prize Winner For Her Literary Work
    Toni Morrison, author and Nobel laureate, speaks during a news conference to announce a $100 million donation to the New York Public Library (NYPL) by Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Group LP, in New York. $100 million is the largest ever guaranteed donation to a New York cultural organization. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Corbis via Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ramin Talaie/Corbis via Getty Images)
  5. She Shared Her Wisdom and Knowledge with other powerful women like Oprah Winfrey
    Oprah Winfrey and author Toni Morrison (R) attend the Carl Sandburg literary awards dinner at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum on October 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Paul Warner/WireImage)
    (Photo: Paul Warner/WireImage)
  6. She mothered two strong black men, Harold and Slade
    Novelist Toni Morrison photographed with her sons Slade and Ford at her home in December 1978. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
  7. She Traveled the world and held positions of power for Notable Organizations such as Cannes Film Festival
    CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11:  attends the premiere for the film "Lemming" at Le Palais de Festival on the opening night of the 58th International Cannes Film Festival May 11, 2005 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  8. she built the ultimate black girl squad and always uplifted the community
    Nobel laureate Toni Morrison (C) accepting the applause of partygoers Susan Taylor, Rita Dove, Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Maya Angelou & others; Winston-Salem.  (Photo by Will Mcintyre/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
  9. She was always willing to share her Magic and gave A Number Of Commencement speeches at Universities around the Country
    <<attends>> the 245th Rutgers University Commencement at Rutgers Stadium on May 15, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
    (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
  10. She selflessly Mentored the next generation of black creatives such as Misty Copeland
    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27:  Misty Copeland and Toni Morrison backstage at the 92nd Street Y Presents: In Conversation With Misty Copeland And Amy Astley at 92nd Street Y on April 27, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
  11. She published her first book at age 39 showing that age ain't nothing but a number
    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison photographed in New York City in 1979. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)

(Photo: Timothy Fadek/Corbis via Getty Images)

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