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Spelman Alumnae Co-edit Enlightening Book of Essays on Race, Culture and Community

April 2021

Tina McElroy Ansa, C'71, and Wanda Lloyd, C'71, were first-year roommates at Spelman College. They have remained friends since those days, and recently collaborated to publish "Meeting at the Table: African-American Women Write on Race, Culture and

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The essays in "Meeting at the Table" will not only enlighten readers, but offer paths into the vital conversations across racial, cultural and communal divides. Ansa and Lloyd 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.

About Tina McElroy Ansa

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Tina McElroy Ansa is the author of five award-winning novels, including "Baby of the Family," "The Hand I Fan With," "Ugly Ways" and "You Know Better." In 2004, she founded the Sea Island Writers Retreat in her home state of Georgia and has taken the retreats on the road around the country. In 2007, she founded the independent publishing company DownSouth Press, which published her fifth novel, "Taking After Mudear."

The recipient of the Bebe Moore Campbell Memorial Award from the National Book Club Conference, Ansa has also been awarded the Stanley W. Lindberg Award for her body of work, and for contributions to the literary arts community of Georgia. She has also contributed “Essays From Georgia” to CBS Sunday Morning. In 2011, Ansa was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts from her alma mater Spelman College; and inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent at the Gwendolyn Brooks Center of Chicago State University. Writing at her home on St. Simons Island ub Georgia, she is currently working on her sixth novel, and writing her first work of nonfiction.

About Wanda S. Lloyd

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Wanda S. Lloyd is author of "COMING FULL CIRCLE: From Jim Crow to Journalism," a memoir published in 2020 by NewSouth Books. A retired newspaper editor with experience at seven daily newspapers, including The Washington Post and USA Today, Lloyd grew up in Savannah, Georgia. She retired from daily journalism in 2013 as executive editor of the Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama, and then returned to Savannah to accept the position of chair and associate professor of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University.

She was the founding executive director of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University, a program to train non-traditional students for professional newsroom careers. She was also a fellow of the Management Training Center at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business. In 2019, Lloyd was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame. She earned a B.A. degree in English at Spelman College, and served on its Board of Trustees for almost 20 years. In 2016, Spelman awarded her the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Watch Lloyd's 2019 Induction Into the NABJ Hall of Fame

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