Meeting at the Table

Journalist Wanda Lloyd and Author Tina McElroy Ansa discuss race, culture and community on Feb. 23

Cover art contributed by Synthia Saint James.

In the aftermath of the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other African Americans, plus the worldwide protests that followed, editors Tina McElroy Ansa and Wanda Lloyd, created a project to bring voices of African-American women together to honestly and transparently share how race and culture have affected them in ways related to their families, their careers and their communities. The book editors will share their journey and those of the book’s contributors during a Feb. 23, 2021 conversation on Zoom. The program, presented by the BND Institute of Media and Culture, begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required for this program that is free. Click here for the program’s Zoom link.

The essays in Meeting at the Table: African American Women Write on Race, Culture and Community will not only enlighten readers, but offer paths into the vital conversations across racial, cultural and communal divides.

The editors have collected a diverse group of women whose stories will inform, enlighten and educate readers who have some knowledge about race and culture and other readers who are looking for well-written and instructive ways to engage in the path toward social justice.

Source and Text: African-American Literature Book Club (

About the editors

Tina McElroy Ansa  is a novelist, publisher, filmmaker, teacher and journalist. But above all, she is a storyteller. She calls herself “part of a long and honored writing tradition, one of those little Southern girls who always knew she wanted to be a writer.”  She grew up in Middle Georgia in the 1950s hearing her grandfather’s stories on the porch of her family home and strangers’ stories downtown in her father’s juke joint, which have inspired Mulberry, Georgia, the mythical world of her four novels, Baby of the Family, Ugly Ways, The Hand I Fan With and You Know Better. 

Wanda S. Lloyd is author of COMING FULL CIRCLE: From Jim Crow to Journalism, published in 2020 by NewSouth Books. The memoir is a self-reflective exploration of the author’s life growing up in the Deep South and becoming a successful newspaper editor. A retired newspaper editor and a former associate professor/former chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia, Lloyd was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Hall of Fame in 2019. She served more than eight years as executive editor of the Montgomery (AL) Advertiser, a Gannett newspaper. In this role, she was responsible for all of the news content for the daily newspaper and several weekly newspapers,, the editorial page and the newsroom’s staff and resources.