White like her My family's story of race and racial passing

Gail Lukasik

Book - 2017

"The story of Gail Lukasik's mother's passing, Gail's struggle with the shame of her mother's choice, and her subsequent journey of self-discovery and redemption"--Amazon.com.

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Genres
Biographies
Published
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing [2017]
Language
English
Item Description
"As seen on Genealogy Roadshow."
Physical Description
xiii, 294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-294).
ISBN
9781510724129
1510724125
Main Author
Gail Lukasik (author)
Other Authors
Kenyatta D. Berry (writer of foreword)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

As seen on The Today Show! “Important in helping us understand America’s complex racial history.”—Kenyatta D. Berry, Host of PBS’s Genealogy RoadshowWhite Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing is the story of Gail Lukasik’s mother’s “passing,” Gail’s struggle with the shame of her mother’s choice, and her subsequent journey of self-discovery and redemption.In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail explores her African-American mother’s decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her own husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness.Haunted by her mother’s fear and shame, Gail embarks on a quest to uncover her mother’s racial lineage, tracing her family back to eighteenth-century colonial Louisiana. In coming to terms with her decision to publicly out her mother, Gail changed how she looks at race and heritage.With a foreword written by Kenyatta Berry, host of PBS's Genealogy Roadshow, this unique and fascinating story of coming to terms with oneself breaks down barriers.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The story one woman’s struggle with her identity, race, and finding out who she really is.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

As seen on The Today Show! 'Important in helping us understand America's complex racial history.''Kenyatta D. Berry, Host of PBS's Genealogy RoadshowWhite Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing is the story of Gail Lukasik's mother's 'passing," Gail's struggle with the shame of her mother's choice, and her subsequent journey of self-discovery and redemption.In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail explores her African-American mother's decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her own husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness.Haunted by her mother's fear and shame, Gail embarks on a quest to uncover her mother's racial lineage, tracing her family back to eighteenth-century colonial Louisiana. In coming to terms with her decision to publicly out her mother, Gail changed how she looks at race and heritage.With a foreword written by Kenyatta Berry, host of PBS's Genealogy Roadshow, this unique and fascinating story of coming to terms with oneself breaks down barriers.