Toni Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford on February 18, 1931. She was the first Black woman to receive a Nobel peace prize for literature.
Toni grew up in in Lorain, Ohio. Her parents moved to Ohio to find better opportunities and to escape the racist attitudes. She attended an integrated school and in first grade, she was the only Black student in the class and the only one who could read.
As a child, Toni loved the arts. She was an excellent student and she graduated with honors from Lorain High School in 1949. Chloe then went on to attend the prestigious Howard University in Washington,D.C., where she majored in English with a minor in classics. Since many people couldn't pronounce her first name correctly, she changed it to Toni.
Toni Wofford graduated from Howard University in 1953 with a B.A. in English. She then attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and received a master's degree in 1955. From 1971-1972 Morrison was the associate professor of English at the State University of New York.