The True Revolutionary: Toni Morrison (1931-2019)



I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and although it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge – even wisdom’.

You spoke to us so many times in hundreds of ways

Words that warmed our souls and sometimes chilled our bones

Your voice was always clear and true

Even when many doubted its depth and misunderstood its meaning

Year after year your piercing gaze missed nothing

And you slowly but surely peeled away the arrogance of dominance

Replacing it with a simple truth – the right to be.

The right to be present

The right to be heard

The right to remember

The right to fail

The right to succeed

Now at a time when our world is bruised and bleeding

And the pain is almost unbearable

You leave us to grope our way through

You spoke about malevolence

Yes, there is so much of that around, we can barely breathe.

We are not safe anywhere anymore

We struggle for meaning with all the desperation and meanness around us

A ten-year old girl is a mother

A mother locks up her son with dogs

Dogs eat the bodies of those left to the dogs

Crazed demons hunt and gun us down

Boundaries and borders make no difference

Satan has a penchant for global real estate

You told us that if we want to fly, we should give up the s..t that weighs us down

There is so much s..t, so flying is not an option right now

Perhaps we can settle for crawling while we clean up the s..t bit by bit

We are failing sister Toni

Failing at being human

Failing at being heard

Failing at loving

Failing at living

Yet you told us that there is knowledge to be found in failure

You stayed long enough to share your wisdom

Yet we need more lifetimes of knowing

The chaos you spoke of might be our redemption

Yet not in the ways the brash and the excitable might think

Chaos on the streets means rivers of red

The blood of the innocent and bodies of the blameless

You taught us to be fearless as we stood in our truths

You admonished us to be fearful of those who would gag and bind us

Your life’s work has been a revolution that spoke to our minds, souls and spirits

As you leave us, perhaps we will think more about the revolution we truly need

A permanent, bloodless, timeless revolution

One that carries through the air from generation to generation

A life of meaning

A life of service

A life of truth

A life of teaching

A life of giving

A life of freedom

The kind of life that you lived

The life of a true revolutionary

And when we are free in however we define freedom

You told us,

‘If you are free, you need to free someone else.

If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else’.

As you surrender to the air and fly with it

Thank you for leaving us with these clues to wisdom.

Rest in peace dear Sister Toni

Please give our love to Maya Angelou.

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15 Responses to The True Revolutionary: Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

  1. Femi Diipo August 9, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    What a life, what an icon she was. These words are filled with immense wisdom. Certainly, her words, wisdom and incredible personality will never die. Rest on mama

  2. Dom Dom August 9, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    No matter how long they live, the death of a legend is always a tragedy, one of the best among us is gone.
    Her revolutionary works and ideas will always be legendary and she shall never be forgotten. May she rest in absolute peace

  3. Olakunle Olajide August 9, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    May her soul continue to rest in peace..

  4. Shina Dideolu August 12, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Rest in peace Mama.

  5. Olatide Omojola August 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    God bless the memory of Toni Morrison.

  6. Lola Adeola August 12, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    I didn’t know a lot about her until I read about her on ‘Projecting our sheroes series’ May God bless her soul.

  7. Bimbola August 12, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Goodnight mama.

  8. Olatide Omojola August 12, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    The abundance of the words she carried cannot be erased.

  9. Oluseyi August 13, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    God bless the memory of a fearless woman.

  10. Veronica Imaseun August 13, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Rip Toni Morrison. An amazon.

  11. DSEED August 14, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Rest in peace Toni Morrison.

  12. Ibukunoluwa Esther August 14, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    God bless the soul of this amazing women.

  13. Maryam Suleiman August 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I was blessed reading the works of this woman. Thank you for sharing your light to the world. God bless your soul ma.

  14. Victor Udoh August 15, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    God bless the soul of a great woman. I read her book ‘Song of Solomon’ and I fell in love with her mystic.

  15. Bisi Alawode August 15, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Rip to a grand matron.


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