Books That Inspire 2011

The Bluest Eye
Toni Morrison

It might be difficult to imagine being inspired by a book about a poor black girl who suffers from neglect, physical and sexual abuse, and who above all, desires to have the bluest eyes in the world. But, The Bluest Eye inspires me because it speaks to our vulnerabilities as well as our capacity for compassion. Society challenges Pecola Breedlove's humanity and freedom. By sympathizing with Pecola's character Toni Morrison creates a space for the reader to analyze how she/he relates to the Pecolas of the world. Pecola's character serves as a constant reminder that we must care for one another.

Maria del Guadalupe Davidson
Assistant Professor
African and African-American Studies