Presented by Ms. Onyema Nweze

In the Afterword of The Bluest Eye, Morrison writes, “beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do.” 50 years ago, Morrison’s first novel challenged audiences to witness Pecola Breedlove, whom Hilton Als describes as “a manifestation of a sick society, the ailing body of America, whose racial malaise” is responsible for producing Pecolas. Now one does not have to look far to see beauty being done in the embracing of natural hair and darker skin tones. However, is America still struggling with a “racial malaise” that is still fostering Pecola productions? Join Onyema Nweze in a deep reading and discussion of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s first novel.

Four Wednesdays: September 30, October 7, 14, & 21: 6:30-8:30 pm
Text: The Bluest Eye, ISBN: 0452282195

$75; Members $65; Educator Members $30


Looking for a Celebration of Toni Morrison? View our event happening on September 22.


Ms. Onyema Nweze

M.H., University of Dallas, Literature concentration.  Ms. Nweze (WIN-zee) has been a public school educator for more than 25 years. An alumna of the 2006 and 2007 Sue Rose Summer Institutes, she is a member of the Teachers Alumni Advisory Board of the Cowan Center for Education™.  Ms. Nweze attended and graduated from the distinguished Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts for her secondary career. She is a certified reading specialist who worked in the Dallas ISD for more than eighteen years where she served as a high school English teacher, Department Chair, District Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal, and Academic Facilitator. Ms. Nweze is currently an Instructional Coach with the After-School All-Stars program in Dallas while she pursues a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction. Ms. Nweze serves the Cowan Center™ as a TEKS and English STAAR specialist. Ms. Nweze is currently working on her dissertation.