White 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 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.
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About the Author
Gail Lukasik was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a ballerina with the Cleveland Civic Ballet Company. She has worked as a choreographer, freelance writer, editor, and college lecturer. Recently, Gail appeared on PBS Genealogy Roadshow (St. Louis Central Public Library). She said, "I'm a mystery author who's never been able to solve my own family mystery." The show solved the mystery and revealed her mother's life-changing secret. PBS was so intrigued by her story that they invited her back to update her story. She is also the author of several mystery novels featuring the character Leigh Girard.
Kenyatta D. Berry is a genealogist, businesswoman, and lawyer with more than fifteen years experience in genealogical research and writing. She is a host of the PBS broadcast Genealogy Roadshow and is the Past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and on the Council of the Corporation for the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston. A frequent lecturer and writer, her area of focus is African American and Slave Ancestral research.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thought this was about her mother's story and how she decided to pass and what she went through. But this is just a story about writing this book. A waste of money. Doesnt really tell much of her mothers story only her own. Waste of time!!!
I could hardly put the book down. Interestingly, the author made the same choice as her mother. She chose White. My grandmother had two brothers that "passed". My mother met t them once as a child. My grandmother never discussed them with me but my as my mother shared this part of her family's history with me she was visibly ashamed of their choice.
I thought this would be a book more focused on her mother’s passing and what that did to her mother and meant to her and her mother. Instead, it’s more about tracing her DNA roots. There’s really no ‘meat’ about feelings/hardships and family relationships. Still an interesting story.
I could not put the book down!! The author is obviously very emotional about her family discovery and it is apparent in her words. I absolutely recommend it as an awesome depiction of history in the lives of anyone with the colorful family that we probably all have!
I couldn't finish this book. It reads very slowly and was not at all what I expected. I thought it would be about the author's Mother's experiences but it's more about how the author researches her ancestry. It also bothered me that she ordered her Mother's birth certificate under somewhat false pretenses.