The news of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison’s passing provides an opportunity to reflect on her literary and cultural legacy, a West Virginia University women’s and gender studies expert says. The way Morrison “centered the complex lives of her black characters” is as pivotal as her acclaimed novels are, according to Lupe Davidson of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Lupe Davidson audio file: It is difficult, if not impossible, to encapsulate the full impact of Toni Morrison’s legacy

“In the coming days, much will be written about Morrison: her literary genius, her ability to capture the rhythm of words, her commanding presence. All of this is certainly important, but what is essential to Toni Morrison is her belief that the lives and stories of people — notably black girls and women — provide a deep and rich reservoir from which to gain insight into the beauty of humanity and its failures.” – Lupe Davidson, Director and Academic Coordinator for Social Justice Affairs, Woodburn Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

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