Ann Walling grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, in the 1940s and 1950s in a family with deep roots in Mississippi and a history tightly bound to the Old South. To a small girl’s sensibility, her family’s lavish Sunday dinners were a liturgy that reinforced strict Southern mores she was taught never to question. But lurking behind the fine china were troubling contradictions, racial injustice, and tightly guarded family secrets.
Told with clear-eyed empathy, Sunday Dinner is the remarkable story of a young woman’s moral awakening amidst a society’s painful reckoning with the past, and of the things we choose to embrace and leave behind about the places we come from and the people who define us.
“A beautifully told account that resonates with the challenges we face today.”
—Morris Dees, founder, Southern Poverty Law Center
“Ann Walling recounts the story of her childhood with courage and honesty.”
—John M. Seigenthaler, Al Jazeera America news anchor
With a prophet’s passion and a pastor’s heart, Ann Walling has opened the minds and hearts of people.“
—The Rt. Rev. William E. Sanders, retired Episcopal Bishop of Tennessee
“Reverend Ann Walling lifts the veil of a closed society and shares the powerful story of her self-transformation.”
—Hedy Weinberg, Executive Director of ACLU Tennessee