County Officials, Educators Remember Toni Morrison

Montgomery County leaders are remembering Pulitzer Prize winning Toni Morrison, celebrated for her works about the black experience in America.

The “Beloved” author died Aug. 5 from complications with pneumonia.

MyMCMedia caught up with Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman and Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando about what Morrison meant to them.

Ashman said he had always hoped to get Morrison as a guest at the Gaithersburg Book Festival.

“It’s a tough loss, but her work will live in eternity,” Ashman said.

Councilmember Will Jawando told MyMCMedia in an email that Morrison is one of his personal influences who has helped him understand the importance of speaking truth.

“Her ability to write about and speak to the Black experience in an artistic yet authentic and deeply truthful way has impacted a generation,” Jawando said.

Jawando cited “Home” as his favorite Morrison work. He believes that Morrison will leave a legacy of excellence, freedom of expression, and authenticity.

Local Officials Pay Homage to Morrison on Twitter

Local Montgomery County leaders also tweeted their reactions to Morrison’s death.

Education Leaders Remember Morrison on Twitter

Educators and Board of Education officials in Montgomery County also paid tribute to Morrison on Twitter.


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Deirdre Byrne

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Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.


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