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Toni Morrison was born in Lorain Ohio on February 18, 1931. She was born Chloe Wofford (“The Bluest Eye.” Par. 3). She stated that the struggle people at Howard University had pronouncing “Chloe” is the reason she changed her name to Toni. ("Toni Morrison." Par. 2). Morrison is the second oldest of four children (“Morrison, Toni.” Par.1). Her parents stressed importance of education, causing her to be the only child entering her first grade class that could read. (“The Bluest Eye.” Par. 3). Growing up, she loved books and the works of European writers such as Jane Austen, Gustav Flaubert, and Leo Tolstoy. (“The Bluest Eye.” Par. 3). Toni’s parents, Ramah and George Wofford, were confident in themselves and their race. (“The Bluest Eye.” Par. 3). During the worst years of the Great Depression, her father worked as a car washer, a welder, and a road construction worker. Her mother was a feisty, determined woman who dealt with uncaring landlords and rude social workers. (“Morrison, Toni.” Par. 1). Her mother believed that in time, race relations would improve. (“Morrison, Toni.” Par. 2). Toni’s maternal grandparents lost their farm and left Greenville, Alabama around 1910, and her paternal family left Georgia and headed north to escape “sharecropping” and the racial violence. Both families ended up moving to a steel-mill town in Lorain. ("Toni …show more content…
(“Morrison, Toni.” Par.3). She then began attending Howard University, where she was a member of a repertory company that presented plays about the lives of African American people in the South during the 1940s and 1950s. They were called Howard University Players. ("Toni Morrison." Par. 2). After earning her B.A degree at Howard, she went onto Cornell University in New York. Toni taught 2 years of English to undergraduates at the Texas Southern University. She then became an ENglish instructor at Howard University, that where she met Harold Morrsion. (“Morrison, Toni.” Par.

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