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Black Female Writers Panel Discussion (1987)




Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1987-01-25

Duration: 00:18:48

Subjects: Authors | POETS | African Americans | Women | Lane, Pinkie Gordon | Millican, Arthenia J. Bates, 1920-2012 | Saloy, Mona Lisa


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Lane, Pinkie Gordon Panelist
  • Millican, Arthenia Bates Panelist
  • Saloy, Mona Lisa Panelist


This segment from the January 25, 1987, episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale leading a panel discussion with three black female writers from Louisiana: Dr. Pinkie Gordon Lane, a lecturer and poet; Dr. Arthenia Bates Millican, a writer and educator; and Mona Lisa Saloy, a poet and playwright. They discuss why they write and the inspiration for their work. Each writer also reads a selection from their work: Dr. Lane reads a poem called “Gordon at Age 21”; Dr. Millican reads a scene from her novel “The Deity Nodded”; and Saloy reads two poems, “My Mother’s the Daughter of a Slave” and “Frontliners.”