Who Are Your People? Toni Morrison’s Portrayals of the Black Family

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Who Are Your People? Toni Morrison’s Portrayals of the Black Family

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, 6 p.m.

Since the publication of Toni Morrison’s first novel The Bluest Eye in 1970, she has woven a wide tapestry portraying various compositions and aspects of the Black family. From the broken family of the Breedloves to the bourgeois-striving family of the Deads, Morrison disrupts any simple and stereotypical portrayal of what it means to be Black, connected or disconnected from family and engaged in familial healing. 

Join us on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. for a presentation led by Dr. Michele Simms-Burton, writer and founding board member of The Toni Morrison Society. The presentation will examine how Morrison conceives the Black family in her fiction and the cautionary tales that she renders in her portrayals.

Join virtually by clicking the WebEx link here.


Meeting number (access code): 126 342 4966