Former President Barack Obama paid tribute to award-winning author Toni Morrison, who died Monday at age 88, the Hill reported. Morrison was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who also received the Nobel Prize as well as the Medal of Freedom from Obama in 2012.
Her novel Beloved was made into a movie in 1998. ““Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful—a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page,” Obama wrote on Facebook.
In 2012 when he presented her with the Medal of Freedom, Obama said that her writing “brings us that kind of moral and emotional intensity that few writers ever attempt.”
In a tweet, he said, “What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while.”
Several Democrat presidential candidates also released tributes to Morrison, including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH).
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