March 23, 2012
“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives,” Toni Morrison. I believe that Toni Morrison is a very inspirational African American author. In her lifetime she has accomplished many achievements with the struggles of raising two children and managing to have a full-time job. I know from some experience that it’s hard for my mom to take care of me sometimes with my father being deployed every other year. I could only imagine how much harder it would be if my mother had another child who was also involved with sports and clubs. I honor women like my mother and Morrison because they don’t let life get them down when it gets tough, they own up to life and do what is necessary.
II. Biographical Information
On February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio, Ramah Willis and George Wofford gave birth to their second daughter, Chloe Anthony Wofford (Blashfield 19). Her father George was a shipyard welder. Wofford never felt like she belonged in her family. She wasn’t the first-born or the first daughter, first son or the baby of the family. She acquired the name Toni when she was a little girl, as a nickname. When Wofford started school she went to an integrated school. She started already being able to read, and often was called upon to help other African American students with reading apprehensions. In her first grade class, she was the only African American student in the class that could read.
Wofford’s parents stressed that their children receive a good education and she exceled in her studies. As a teen she worked at the local Lorain Public Library, as a helper. Chloe was friends with many Caucasians, and didn’t sustain discrimination until she started dating. In 1949, Chloe graduated with honors and enrolled into Howard University in Washington, D.C. She majored in English and minored in Classics (Blashfield 31). During college she...