Adelphi Community Reads 2015–2016 author James McBride is a renaissance man and a born storyteller. His The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother—a moving narrative about his mother, a white Jewish woman from Poland who married a black man, founded a Baptist church and put 12 children through college—has been distributed to all incoming freshman free of charge.
A graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, McBride has written for The Boston Globe, People and The Washington Post. An award-winning composer and saxophonist, he has also written music and lyrics for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr. and Gary Burton, as well as for the PBS children’s show Barney.
In his keynotes, McBride touches upon life’s rich lessons, exploring the nature of identity, race and heritage. He often appears with his own jazz ensemble, using music to inspire audiences and lift his colorful, often humorous, stories to another level. “All of my work speaks to the commonality of the human experience,” he says. “That’s where I live, to move audiences to think, to question and to find common ground.”
This event is part of the Racial Justice Matters initiative, cosponsored by Adelphi Community Reads and the Collaboration Project.
Logo designed by Kelly Serrao ’16.