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Authors Biography She was the first black woman to receive a Nobel Prize for literature Toni Morrison Born Chloe Anthony Wofford on February 18 1931 she was the second of four children of George and Ramah Wofford As a child she escaped from the racist attitudes moving to Ohio She was raised to be proud of her heritage and background She grew up in Lorain Ohio where she attended school and was the only black student and the only who could read as a first grader Morrison didnt encounter discrimination until she grew older Morrison was a very good student and graduated with honors from Lorain High School Morrison loved the arts as a little girl and hope to become a dancer Hatcher 1 Morrison attended Howard University where she majored in English She had to change her name to Toni because people couldnt pronounce her name correctly After graduating from Howard University with a BA in English she attended Cornell University where she received her master degree in 1955 Morrison worked at Texas Southern University teaching introductory English Hatcher 2 Howard University neglected black culture but in Texas Southern black heritage was celebrated with Negro history week making her proud She returned to Howard University as a faculty member Howard University introduced to her love a young Jamaican architect Harold Morrison She got married in 1958 and had her first baby Harold Ford after two years in 1961 Morrison didnt stop teaching she took care of her family and work at the same time To escape from an unhappy marriage she joined a writers group 2 She needed the company of others who loved literature as well She was required to bring a story or poem for discussion but one day she had nothing she wrote a story based on a girl she need of her childhood who prayed to God for blue eyes While pregnant of
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