Toni Morrison (1931-) is a celebrated author of the African American experience. She received the Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for her novel Beloved. In 1993 Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Maya Angelou (1928-) shown here performing at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, June 4, 1997. Angelou is a celebrated author and poet. Her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, described her tumultuous childhood.