Professor Toni Morrison

Posted by Unknown Thursday, March 31, 2011

Last night I attended a performance and discussion by Ms. Toni Morrison at the Meyerhoff Theatre in Baltimore. Above and beyond listening to Ms. Morrison in person, was the fact that the event was sponsored by the University of Baltimore's Law School, and that it was free. Ms. Morrison held the audience spell bounded as she addressed the issue of women's rights, legal and feminist issues. She explained the development of some of her characters. She discussed her method of storytelling, which she describes is how we think. We don't think in a linear manner. Our thought patterns are all over the place. Her storytelling is likened unto our thought patterns. When asked to tell which of her novels her favorite is, she remarked that is like trying to distinguish among your children. Then she declared that her favorite novel is the one she is writing right now. This woman is 80 years old. She was thankful that she could walk onto the stage without the assistance of a wheelchair. The Meyerhoff Theater holds 2,400 people. There were at least 2,300 people in attendance. That number included 500 students from Baltimore City Public Schools that has read some of her novels prior to attending. The Law School Dean remarked, maybe you would consider attending University of Baltimore as freshmen. I watched the audience, talked with friends, and imagined the rebirth of this exciting section of the City. The night reinforced for me the importance of The State Center Project to the total economy of the City of Baltimore.


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