Toni Morrison will need to make some more room in her awards cabinet. The 81-year-old writer and educator has already garnered a Nobel Prize, a Pulitzer Prize, and numerous literary awards, and now she has been named as one of the recipients of this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Speaking of her talents, a statement from the White House hailed Morrison as “one of our nation’s most celebrated novelists” and agreed with the Nobel Prize committee when they said Morrison was an author “who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”

Despite her age, Morrison continues to write today and is gearing up for the release of her latest novel, Home.

Morrison will be honored along with singer Bob Dylan; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; astronaut John Glenn; legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt; and eight others.

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  • WMP

    Womp womp. Sorry, but she’s one of the most OVERRATED authors (black or white) in my book. I’ve read the majority of her books, if not all of her works, and never understood the hype,

    • Tami

      Some of her books are hard to understand but Sula is my all time favorite. I think Toni Morrison is beautiful & it’s wonderful that she is still writing in her 80s.

  • Whatever

    Wonderful! She is my favorite writer and she deserves every award and honor that comes her way.