What Toni Morrison meant to 8 black women writers (including Michelle Obama)

‘She showed how incomplete the world’s narrative was without ours in it’

What Toni Morrison taught me about being a mother

Her mothering life has long been as important to me as her literary legacy

In Toni Morrison’s words, I found the wisdom and protection my mother wasn’t able to provide

Writer Nadia Owusu’s mother left when she was 2. Growing up, she turned to novels like ‘The Bluest Eye’ and ‘Song of Solomon.’

Toni Morrison, the Nobel laureate who redefined American literature, dies at 88

Among her best-known works was ‘Beloved,’ the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel later made into a film

Russi Taylor, who voiced Minnie Mouse for 30 years, dies at 75

The voice actress was also a staple on ‘The Simpsons’

Lois Wille, Pulitzer Prize-winning pillar of Chicago journalism, dies at 87

Her reporting sparked policy changes that helped poor women across Illinois receive contraceptive information and services

Edith Irby Jones, a pioneering African American doctor, dies at 91

Dr. Jones was the first black student to matriculate in an all-white medical school in the South

Jan Meyers, first Republican woman elected to the House from Kansas, dies at 90

She had a political career that took her from the city council to the state Senate to the U.S. House of Representatives

Molly O’Neill, award-winning food writer and accomplished chef, dies at 66

She earned three James Beard Awards, including one for her job as host of the PBS series ‘Great Food’

Scene-stealing actress Sylvia Miles, who garnered two Oscar nominations, dies at 94

She appeared in more than 30 films as well as about a dozen productions on and off-Broadway