Glory Edim, the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, explained why the late Tony Morrison is one of the most impactful writers of all time.
“Toni Morrison changed the way I read and viewed myself in the world because I started to see what it meant to be a whole person and have a vivid, vulnerable interior life,” she explained.
Toni Morrison’s legacy as one of the most prolific writers of all time is finally chronicled in an intimate, up-close documentary.
“To see that we are finally paying tribute to her in this profound and prolific documentary just feels—it feels right and almost to the point where it feels overdue,” Edim said. “We shouldn’t done this sooner.”
Edim founded the book club and writing community Well-Read Black Girl, which supports Black girls, women and non-binary writers.
“When I was younger, I wasn’t able to always find books or stories that I felt reflected in and felt proud of,” she explained. “And I was really writing to my younger self. I wanted to help the young person who was looking for a story that they could see themselves and feel proud of who they were. And it’s really about creating conversations and dialogue with other Black writers and POC writers who want to celebrate literature and be seen and taken seriously in their craft.”
Morrison passed away on August 5, 2019. Edim recognizes that her legacy will impact generations to come.