Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Free Virtual Screening in Celebration of Black History MonthToniMorrisonFilmPoster

Friday to Sunday, Feb. 26-28

Following the film screening, the Cultural Arts Commission will also host an online discussion of Morrison's work and legacy at 4 p.m., Feb. 28. To RSVP and request a link for the film screening and/or online discussion, please email:

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am documentary
(United States, 2019, 120 minutes, color and b/w)
Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Official Trailer

An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to '70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room - Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.

Confirmed speakers for the panel discussion include:


  • Amy K. Levin, NIU professor emerita, English and Gender Studies. Dr. Levin served as Director of Women’s Studies, Coordinator of Museum Studies, and Chair of English at Northern Illinois University for 21 years before beginning a new career as an independent scholar in 2016. Most recently, she was a visiting Fulbright professor in Public History at the University of Amsterdam in 2017 and Visiting Ofstad Professor at Truman State University in Missouri in 2020.
  • Lauren Maxwell, Information and Reader Services Coordinator, Geneva Public Library District. Ms. Maxwell has been on staff at Geneva Public Library for five years. She specializes in research assistance, book clubs, and reading recommendations.  
  • Ashley Palmer, Graduate Teaching Instructor, Northern Illinois University.

For more information about the film screening, contact Cate Tracy, Business Development Analyst and Cultural Arts Commission liaison at

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.