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Redmond joins tribute to Toni

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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 9:44 pm

East St. Louis Poet Laureate Eugene B. Redmond and Tony Medina of Howard University (standing) gathered with Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison recently during “Sheer Good Fortune,” a tribute to Morrison at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg. Hosted by Maya Angelou, Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin of James Madison University's Furious Flower Poetry Center and VT's own Nikki Giovanni, “Good Fortune” drew several dozen writers, educators, cultural artists and leaders and an audience of thousands for a two-day celebration of Morrison. Participants—including Angela Davis, Yusef Komunyakaa, former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, singer India Arie,  novelist Edwidge Danticat and Sonia Sanchez—performed passages from Morrison's works. Redmond, literary executor of the late Henry Dumas (1934-1968), collaborated with Morrison, former senior editor at Random House,  during the 1970s and 1980s on the release of several volumes of Dumas’ writing.

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