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Booking Code: 006


Wanda Lloyd

Public Speaker and Author

Travels From: Savannah, GA

Speaking Fee: Please contact for more information (615-681-6588)

Categories: Diversity, Journalism, Women Empowerment, Culture, Women in Culture, Social Equality

Wanda Lloyd Smalls in conversation with Tina McElroy Ansa

Wanda Lloyd Smalls in conversation with Tina McElroy Ansa

Pioneering journalist Wanda Lloyd discusses her memoir with bestselling Georgia author Tina McElroy Ansa. Coming Full Circle is the memoir of an African American woman who grew up privileged and educated in the segregated culture of the American South before and during the twentieth-century civil rights movement. Born in Savannah, Georgia, Wanda Smalls Lloyd became one of the nation’s highest-ranking newspaper journalists, and one of the first African American women to be the top editor of a major newspaper. In Coming Full Circle, Lloyd reflects on her upbringing in coastal Savannah, Georgia, editing roles at seven daily newspapers, and her decision to return to Savannah to make a difference in her childhood community. Despite segregated social, community, and educational systems, Lloyd’s Southern upbringing-steeped in religious and home training, strong cultural foundations, and early leadership opportunities-produced an adult woman who realized her professional dream of working for daily newspapers and rose to become an editor at the Washington Post and a senior editor at USA Today before returning South as the executive editor of the Montgomery Advertiser. Lloyd is an advocate and an example for how diversity helped newsrooms become reflections of accuracy for their audience. Her memoir offers readers and open discussion on the intersection of race, gender, and culture in professional journalism. She is joined in discussion by Georgia bestselling author Tina McElroy Ansa. Ansa is the author of The Hand I Fan With, Baby Of The Family and Taking After Mudear. She is an educator, filmmaker, and publisher of DownSouth Press. Ansa is a member of the Georgia Center for the Book’s Advisory Council. *The captions for this video have not yet been edited for clarity and correctness. If you need better captions than the ones provided automatically by YouTube, please check back soon.
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