Governor Phil Murphy

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Statement from Governor Murphy on the Passing of Toni Morrison


“Tammy and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Toni Morrison, one of New Jersey’s most-celebrated literary talents. All great fiction allows the reader to experience the world through someone else’s perspective, but Toni Morrison’s writing drew us deeper into our common humanity and strengthened our empathy. Through her Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize-winning literature, Toni Morrison gave voice to the African-American experience both past and present and reminded us that storytelling is still the most essential way of sharing our histories and creating community. We are grateful that her work will stand as a lasting legacy -- one which will live on as future generations of Americans discover her genius.”