Brown Applauds News That Toni Morrison Will Receive The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Lorain Native is the United States’ Only Living Nobel Prize in Literature Recipient

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded the news that Lorain, Ohio native Toni Morrison will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The ceremony will take place at a date to be determined this spring.

“Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, is an American literary legend – and a Lorain High graduate. She’s the daughter of two hardworking laborers – and a proud daughter of our state,” Brown said. “Her words and wisdom teach us the difference between ‘looking good and doing good’; between a life focused on getting and spending and living with meaning. And that’s why – whether in her work as an educator, editor, or writer – Toni Morrison has earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

Morrison, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. Morrison is the author of the Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved among other notable works – including the libretto for the opera “Margaret Garner,” which premiered in Cincinnati.

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