Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away.

Author:Dodson, Angela P.
Position:Brief article - Book review
 
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Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away by June Cross Viking Adult, May 2006 $24.95, ISBN 0-670-88555-X

In 1997, June Cross, a well-known television producer for PBS and CBS with many honors to her credit, won an Emmy and a duPontColumbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for Secret Daughter, a documentary on how race had sundered her family. Now Cross, an assistant professor of journalism at Columbia University, details the story in a memoir with equal grace and candor.

Her mother, a white aspiring actress, fled a troubled, interracial relationship with a popular vaudeville entertainer in the 1950s. She eventually felt compelled, given the racial climate of the era, to give up their daughter, when it became apparent that Cross, at age four, could no longer pass for white. Her mother took her to live with a black couple in Atlantic City, New Jersey, whom Cross...

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