NewsNation Now) — March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions and achievements of women over the course of American history. Throughout the month, NewsNation Early Edition will highlight different women who made an impact on the country, starting with Toni Morrison.
Toni Morrison was an author, essayist and college professor who never shied away from addressing the consequences of race and racism in America.
She became the first Black female editor at Random House publishing in New York City.
Beloved was made into a film in 1998.
Morrison received many awards for her work including the Presidential Medal of Freedom as well as a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize.
Morrison died in 2019 at age of 88.
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 11: Author Toni Morrison 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 MJ Kim/Getty Images) NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 17: Toni Morrison performs at the Jazz At Lincoln Centers Concert For Hurricane Relief at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 17, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images) Nobel prize winning US author and guest curator Toni Morrison poses at Le Louvre Museum in Paris, 10 November 2006. Toni Morrison mixes ancient art with slam poetry, aiming to open dialogue between the historic art museum and young rappers in the troubled French suburbs. (Photo credit: THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images) PARIS – NOVEMBER 04: US Author and Nobel Prize in literature winner Toni Morrison receives the Honor Medal of The City of Paris (Grand Vermeil) at Mairie de Paris on November 4, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images) Nobel-winning US novelist Toni Morrison attends the unveiling ceremony of a memorial bench marking the abolition of slavery in Paris (the first to be inaugurated outside the United States by the Toni Morrison Society) on November 5, 2010 in Paris. Morrison, author of “Beloved” and whose poetic novels on slavery and the African-American experience earned her the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes, in 1988 and 1993, was awarded yesterday a city of Paris medal honouring thinkers and artists with strong ties to the capital, a day after receiving France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honour. AFP PHOTO FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images) US author Toni Morrison poses on September 21, 2012 during a reception sponsored by the US ambassador at his residence in Paris, as part of the 10th America Festival. The America Festival is a cultural event held in France every two years which gathers well-known figures from the world of literature, music and cinema. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/GettyImages) US author Toni Morrison (C) poses with her 1977 novel entitled “Song of Solomon” on September 21, 2012 during a reception sponsored by the US ambassador Charles H. Rivkin (R) at his residence in Paris, as part of the 10th America Festival. The America Festival is a cultural event held in France every two years which gathers well-known figures from the world of literature, music and cinema. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/GettyImages) U.S. author Toni Morrison smiles in her office at Princeton University in New Jersey, while being interviewed by reporters on October 7, 1993. – Morrison said “I am outrageously happy” after hearing that she had won the Nobel Prize for Literature. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP via Getty Images) WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 29: Novelist Toni Morrison is presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama during an East Room event May 29, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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