Obama Pays Tribute To ‘National Treasure’ Toni Morrison

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Updated August 6, 2019
US President Barack Obama congratulates author Toni Morrison after presenting her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom to during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.  Mandel NGAN / AFP


Former US President Barack Obama paid tribute Tuesday to Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison who died aged 88 following a short illness, describing her as “a national treasure.”

“Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while,” he wrote on Twitter.