Toni Morrison, Jessye Norman, Susan Stroman Among Brooklyn Museum's First Awards Honorees
Morrison wrote the libretto for the opera Margaret Garner, and her novel The Bluest Eye has served as the basis for a popular play by Lydia Diamond. Norman has performed all over the world in some of opera's most recognizable roles. Stroman won Tony Awards for her direction and choreography of The Producers and for her choreography of Contact, Show Boat, and Crazy for You.
Among the other First Award honorees are Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, newswoman Connie Chung, Faye Wattleton, a former president of Planned Parenthood; and Chief Wilma Pearl Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.