Today’s conference at Savannah State University is dynamically titled “Women Rising in the Media and the Arts: Blazing a Trail and Leaving a Legacy.” Speaking during the lunch portion and signing copies of her 2010 book The Warmth of Other Suns at the end of the day is Isabel Wilkerson, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for Feature Writing.
In a preview of the event by Jessica Leigh Lebos, editor of weekly newspaper Connect Savannah, conference organizer and SSU Journalism and Mass Communications chair Wanda Lloyd stressed the importance of mentorship:
Though she has mentored many students over the years, Lloyd herself did not have such guidance when she began her career as a newspaper editor for Gannett.
“There just weren’t a lot of people in the newsroom back then who looked like me, female and African American,” recalls Lloyd, who co-edited the textbook The Edge of Change: Women in the 21st Century Press. “There is so much value from hearing from women who have made it to the top.”
Wilkerson, formerly Chicago bureau chief for The New York Times, spent 15 years working on her acclaimed book. Lebos meanwhile also pulled a great quote from a 2012 Arts ATL interview with Wilkerson; read those words here.