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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 8, 1993 - 7

BRIGHT, BRIGHT SUNSHINY DAY

Charity walk to fund world,
local hunger relief agencies

By SANGITA POPAT
FOR THE DAILY
Ann Arbor motorists will have to
drive carefully Sunday, when the
streets are filled with participants in
the 19th Annual CROPHunger Walk.
The Interfaith Council for Peace
and Justice is sponsoring the event,
which aims to raise money for local
and international causes.
Participants raise funds through
pledges from friends and family mem-
bers.
Approximately 18 percent of the
money go toward administrative
costs and the remaining 82 percent is
donated to programs that help people
in need.
About 25 percent of CROP Walk
proceeds goes to local charities. Three
groups-SOS Crisis Center, Women
in Transition and Food Gatherers -
will receive funding.

The SOS Crisis Center provides
food for families in need while Food
Gatherers coordinates distribution of
food donated by restaurants.
Women in Transition operates a
shelter for women and children.
Donations to the Hunger Walk are
also distributed to partner agencies in
more than 70 countries around the
world.
Church World Services distrib-
utes funding to international groups
in Cambodia, Sudan and Guatemala.
This service provides vital assistance
to people in many countries.

w A majority of funding goes to
Cambodia. Additional funding helps
Sudanese mothers and children who
are in need of food.
And in Guatemala, a partner
agency of Church World is assisting
returning refugees and low income
families by developing programs -
such as income generating projects
- to help citizens become self-suffi-
cient.
Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.,
and the walk begins after at the Saint
Francis Catholic Church on East Sta-
dium Street.

U"AN IAA'ai"y
School of Music senior Jennie Ellis and LSA senior Neal Bloch enjoy a sunny lunch in the Diag yesterday afternoon
when temperatures reached a glorious 83 degrees.

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'Morrison takes Nobel Prize in literature

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - Nov-
elist Toni Morrison, the first Black
American to win the Nobel Prize in
literature, said yesterday that her lyri-
cal works such as "Beloved" and
"Jazz" were inspired by "huge si-
lences in literature."
"Winning as an American is very
special - but winning as a Black
American is a knockout," Morrison,
62, said at her office at Princeton
University, where she has taught since
1989. . 4
In awarding the 1993 prize yester-
day, the Swedish Academy called
Morrison "a literary artist of the first
rank" whose work is "unusually finely
*wroughtandcohesive, yetat the same
time rich in variation."
Morrison said she was inspired by
"huge silences in literature, things
thathadneverbeen articulated, printed
or imagined and they were the si-
lences about Black girls, Black
women.
"It was into that area that I stepped
and found it to be enormous," she
said.
The author ofsix novels, Morrison

won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fic-
tion for "Beloved." Her first work of
fiction, "The Bluest Eye," came out
in 1970, followed by "Sula" in 1974,
"Song of Solomon" in 1977, "Tar
Baby" in 1981, "Beloved" in 1987
and "Jazz" in 1992.
"I think she's a wonderful stylist
and a terrific thinker," said author
Jane Smiley, who
won the Pulitzer
Prizefor the 1991
novel, "A Thou-
sand Acres."
Morrison also
lectures on Black
literature, wrote a
play, "Dreaming
Emmett," and a
bookofcriticism, Morrison
"Playing in the
Dark - Whiteness and the Literary
Imagination." She conceived, edited
and contributed to a 1992 collection
of essays on Anita Hill and Clarence
Thomas.
Since 1981, she has been a mem-
berof the American Academy of Arts
and Letters.

Shortly after learning from a col-
league of her award, Morrison left for
her office.
A smiling Morrison said that she
screamed and laughed with her-son,
Ford Morrison, an architect, upon
hearing the news.
"Whatever you think about prizes
and the irrelevance to one's actual
work, there is a very distinct tremor
when you win a prize like the Nobel
Prize," Morrison said.
Morrison said she was glad her
mother, Ella Wofford, 87, is alive to
share her joy. She also said she had
telephoned her sister, Lois Brooks,
64, of Lorain, Ohio.
"Personally I think this has al-
ways been her desire, to write," Mrs.
Brooks said. "It's adesire she had and
she's been able to fulfill that desire
and say things she wanted to say."
Morrison said she was flabber-
gasted to learn she was the first Ameri-
can-born winner since John Steinbeck
in 1962.
"If I can claim to be representative
of a number of regions and groups,
it's all to the good," she said. "It

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distributes the honor in such a way
that you feel more blessed."
The soft-spoken Morrison was coy
on some questions, such as how she
would spend the $825,000 prize.
Morrison was born Chloe Anthony
Wofford in the town of Lorain, Ohio,
the second of four children of Ala-
bama sharecroppers who had migrated
north. She studied humanities at
Howard University and earned a
master's degree in American litera-
ture from Cornell University in 1955.
She is divorced and has two sons.
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