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Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism

Random. Feb. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781588384072. $28.95. MEMOIR/comm
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Journalist Lloyd (emerita, chair of journalism & mass communications, Savannah State Univ.; coeditor, The Edge of Change: Women in the 21st Century Press) grew up in Jim Crow–era Savannah, GA, in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In this insightful memoir of that time, the author tells powerful stories of a rich family life and a segregated educational system. Caring Black teachers, concerned with the welfare of their students, had to work with textbooks that omitted items of major historical importance, such as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Lloyd eventually matriculated at Spelman College in Atlanta and earned a journalism degree. She recognized early on that diversity in terms of race and gender were not uppermost in the minds of those running the newspapers in the 1970s, when she was beginning her career. As Lloyd progressed through her career, she was able to effect meaningful change toward diversifying newsrooms.
VERDICT Lloyd offers an inspiring account for women entering the field of journalism and a deeper understanding of life under Jim Crow segregation, as well as a fuller picture of diversity in 21st-century newsrooms.

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