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3) Toni Morrison: Novelist, editor, professor

Best known for: “Song Of Solomon,” “The Bluest Eye,”  “Beloved”

Why we love her: One of the greatest living scribes, Morrison paints haunting images of love, race, pain and beauty. She’s also an example of the power of a sister with a dream: she penned her first novel, “The Bluest Eye,” as a 39-year-old single mother of two.

Notable quotable: “I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.”

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