Stacey Abrams served as minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017. She was the Democratic Party’s nominee in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, making her the first black woman nominee for a major party, and she founded Fair Fight Action, a nonprofit that supports voting rights. Valerie Boyd is author of the critically acclaimed biography Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. Formerly arts editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she is the Charlayne Hunter-Gault professor of journalism at the University of Georgia, where she founded and directs the low-residency MFA Program in Narrative Nonfiction. Boyd is currently curating and editing a collection of Alice Walker’s personal journals, Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker, to be published by Simon & Schuster/37 Ink in 2020. This conversation has been edited and condensed for publication.