The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve children. James McBride, journalist, musician and son, explores his mother's past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful memoir.
Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Culture/Ethnicity; Step parent; Family member death; Interracial; Biracial; Biethnic; step father; death of a father; interracial parents; interracial family; biracial child; mixed race; biethnic child
adult male; adult female
African American / White
mother and step father
Jordan McBride; Ruth; mothers; New York; siblings; identity; Christianity; religion
McBride, James, "The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother" (1996). Diverse Families. 387.