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After Morrison’s Love appeared, she wrote a book for younger readers, reminiscent of The Black Book in the early 1970s. Remember: The Journey to School Integration (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) told the story, complete with black and white photos and pertinent news items, of the process of school integration. Morrison is at her best when faced with the reclamation of, and the creation of, history. That same year she received the award for “Arts and Communities” from the Academy of Culture in Paris, France, as well as the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Fiction. She traveled to Scotland to give the Amnesty International Lecture.
By 2005, critics had lost count of the number of languages Morrison’s writing had been translated into: 28 is the most recent figure published. She also was invited to join the Universal Academy of Cultures, the International Parliament of Writers and Artists, and the African and Helsinki Watch Committee on Human Rights. In 2005, Morrison received the Coretta Scott King Award from the American Library Association, as well as a Doctor of Letters Degree from Oxford University in England. She gave the Leon Forrest Lecture at Northwestern University, and finished her opera Margaret Garner, which during this year and the next several would be produced in Detroit, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Charlotte, New York and other locations.
In 2006, Beloved was chosen one of the best novels in twenty-five years by the New York Times. That year Morrison received an...
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