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Gabrielle Union’s Response to Toni Morrison’s Death Beautifully Says What We’re All Feeling

The world lost a true treasure this week as beloved author Toni Morrison has passed away. Not surprisingly, heartfelt tributes began flooding social media shortly after her family and publisher confirmed the news on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Among the celebrity reactions? Gabrielle Union’s response to Morrison’s death, which captures how we’re all feeling in a way so beautiful and poetic that it seems Union may have been channeling Morrison herself.

Morrison, who was 88 at the time of her death on the evening of Monday, Aug. 5. was an immutable voice in the American vernacular and a visionary storyteller. In 1993, she became the first Black woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. In 2012, she received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And her rich body of work — ranging from Beloved to Paradise, to children’s books and everything in between — has inspired countless readers.

One of whom is Union, who took to Twitter early Tuesday morning to share her thoughts on Morrison’s passing. “Her words were like mirrors to our collective souls. Like pillows to cushion the blows. Like mothers to wrap us in love. Like friends to hold our hands and see us through the darkness. #RipToniMorrison, Union wrote, adding, “May we lift her up in the light of goodness and hold her there.”

A testament to Morrison’s scope of influence, celebrities from all different spheres joined Union in celebrating the literary icon. Apple CEO Tim Cook quoted Morrison’s 1994 Nobel Lecture before thanking her for “the beauty you revealed in our world.”

Fellow writers, like TV writer-producer Shonda Rhimes and The Farm author Joanne Ramos, praised her uncanny ability to pull the words out of a person.

Politicos heralded her as a truth-sayer, using her word as a call to action.

Actors, TV personalities, musicians and more also mourned Morrison’s death while celebrating everything the author stood for.


It looks as though Morrison is being “lifted up in the light of goodness” by a lot of people right now, and deservedly so.

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