Join Telfair Museums and The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)- the Savannah Yamacraw Branch for COMING FULL CIRCLE: From Jim Crow to Journalism, a book lecture by Wanda Lloyd. Lloyd chronicles her life journey, from growing up in segregated Savannah, to editing roles at seven daily newspapers, and finally back to Savannah to make a difference in her childhood community. Her path was shaped by the segregated social, community and educational systems, and also by a strong religious and cultural foundation. Along the way, she became an advocate and an example for how diversity helped newsrooms become reflections of accuracy for their audiences.
In conversation with Lloyd will be Rexanna Keller. Keller Lester is a former executive editor and columnist for The Savannah Morning News. She worked as an editor at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville and managing editor for Morris News Service in Atlanta. She has also been a professor for international students at the SCAD Language Studio. Rexanna authors a blog for the Beehive Foundation and she is working on a biography of Mills B. Lane, IV. A native of Oklahoma, she has lived in Germany and Hong Kong and she has called Savannah home for 30 years.
*Meet the author and book signing following the lecture.
Wanda S. Lloyd, author of COMING FULL CIRCLE: From Jim Crow to Journalism, is a retired newspaper editor and former chair and associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University. She is also co-editor (with Tina McElroy Ansa) of the collective MEETING AT THE TABLE: African-American Women Write on Race, Culture and Community. Both books were published in 2020.
Lloyd grew up in Savannah, and in her memoir she writes about living and going to school during the restrictive period of Jim Crow laws, yet daring to become a daily newspaper journalist. Her journalism career has included editing roles at seven daily newspapers, including The Washington Post and USA Today. She retired from daily journalism in 2013 as executive editor of the Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama. Lloyd was the founding executive director of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University, a program to identify and train people of color to become professional journalists for newsroom careers across the country. In 2019 Lloyd was inducted into the NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists) Hall of Fame. She writes for news organizations, including The Washington Post, Savannah Morning News and Savannah Magazine. Spelman College, her alma mater, awarded her the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2016.