Meredith Gadsby Attends Celebration of Toni Morrison's Life and Legacy
Meredith Gadsby, associate professor of Africana studies and faculty liaison, Toni Morrison Society, attended a Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Toni Morrison at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) on November 6, 2019. Morrison, Nobel Prize Laureate, novelist, literary and cultural critic was honored for her profound contributions to the arts, culture, and the humanities. Keynote speaker Dr. Marilyn Sanders-Mobley, a founding member of the Toni Morrison Society, reminded guests of Morrison's brilliant explorations of human experience and most of all, her "profound love for Black people." LCCC students Jason Jordan and Toni McClinton expressed great pride in their research on Morrison, feeling deeply connected to her story of growing up in Lorain, Ohio. A short documentary showed her commitment to elevating that history by embedding places from her hometown in her novels. Jewon Woo, associate professor of english at LCCC, guides her students through Morrison's work, leading their research on her representation of the intimate lives of Black communities in the Midwest. Professor Emerita Marilyn Valentino and Denise M. Douglas, dean of social sciences and human services, hosted a diverse audience that included members of Morrison's family.