Toni Morrison

Our Hero Has Fallen


Our Voices, Our Stories SF began as a way actualize Morrison's ideas around whose voices get heard in publishing and literature. She believed that it is not our job as writers to make others feel comfortable. No, itis our job to tell hard truths that make others uncomfortable. It is our job to claim space through our stories on the page, stories that reflect the beauty, brilliance, and brutality of our lives as Black women and women of color.  

“I don't know why I should be asked to explain your life to you. We have splendid writers to do that, but I am not one of them. It is that business of being universal, a word hopelessly stripped of meaning for me . . . . If I tried to write a universal novel, it would be water.”

Thank you, Chloe, for your light, courage, and words. We will continue to feature Black and other women writers of color who uphold that vision, that notion that we do not need to seek universality in the telling of our truths because we and our stories are enough.