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Free Event to Celebrate Life of Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

The Appleton Public Library is partnering with African Heritage, Inc. (AHI) to celebrate Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, editor and professor Toni Morrison with a community panel discussion at the library on Thursday, August 22 from 6-7:30 p.m.  

The free program will feature  Dr. Abayomi Animashaun, an author, poet and professor at UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh; Dr. Amy Abugo Ongiri, the Jill Beck Director of Film Studies and Associate Professor of Film Studies at Lawrence University; and Dr. Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, the Sally Mead Hands Bascom Professor of English at UW-Madison.

The discussion will focus on sharing the importance of Toni Morrison’s influence on literature and the significance of understanding African American culture, while celebrating her writing and the impact her work continues to make. Morrison’s novels are known for their epic themes, exquisite language and richly detailed African American characters who are central to their narratives. The community is invited to participate in the discussion and share Morrison’s impact on their understanding of self and others. 

“We want the community to come and absorb the knowledge of our outstanding panelists as they share their experiences with Toni Morrison’s work,” said AHI board member Dr. Sabrina Robins.