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MART Conversation with Marra B. Gad, author of "The Color of Love--A Story of a Mixed Race Jewish Girl," winner of the 2020 Midwest Book Award for Memoir
The joint congregations of MART (Miami Area Reform Temples) are pleased to present this candid conversation with award-winning author Marra B. Gad. Marra will be in conversation with Nancy Ratzan, lawyer and community activist who champions women’s rights and social justice.  We encourage you to read a copy of Marra's book, "The Color of Love--A Story of a Mixed Race Jewish Girl" before the program. Information on ordering the book can be found here: www.marrabgad.com/book

In 1970, three-day-old Marra B. Gad was adopted by a white Jewish family in Chicago. For her parents, it was love at first sight—but they quickly realized the world wasn’t entirely ready for a family like theirs.

Marra’s biological mother was unwed, white, and Jewish, and her biological father was black. While still a child, Marra came to realize that, in her world, she was “a mixed-race, Jewish unicorn.” In black spaces, she was not “black enough.” In Jewish spaces, she was mistaken for the help, asked to leave, or worse. Even in her own extended family, racism bubbled to the surface.

Marra’s family cut out those relatives who could not tolerate the color of her skin—including her beloved, glamorous, worldly Great-Aunt Nette. But after an estrangement of fifteen years, Marra discovers that Nette has Alzheimer’s, and that only she is in a position to get Nette back to the only family she has left. Marra watches as the disease erases her aunt’s racism, making space for a relationship that was never possible before.

At turns heart-wrenching and heartwarming, The Color of Love is a story about what you inherit from your family—and what you choose to do with that inheritance. With honesty, insight, and warmth, Marra B. Gad has written an inspirational, moving memoir proving that when all else is stripped away, love is where we return, and love is our greatest inheritance.

This program is open to members of the sponsoring MART-member synagogues.

Mar 17, 2021 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Marra B. Gad
Author, Independent film and television producer
Marra B. Gad is an award-winning author, speaker and independent writer/producer. As president of Egad! Productions, she oversees the development and production of scripted television series and films. A grateful child of adoption, Marra speaks internationally about her own transracial adoption in 1970, and her experiences being Black/White biracial and Jewish through the lens of her debut memoir, THE COLOR OF LOVE: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl, which was published in November 2019. Marra proudly holds a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MA in Jewish History from Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University. Having written her first television pilot earlier this year, Marra is currently working on her next book from her home in Los Angeles.
Nancy Ratzan
Lawyer and community activist
Nancy Ratzan is a lawyer and community activist who champions women’s rights and social justice. She was the national president of the National Council of Jewish Women (2008-2011) and has led national campaigns focused on reproductive freedom, women’s economic security and judicial nominations. She served on President Obama’s Advisory Council to the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2009-2010). In 2014, Nancy created Stop Sex Trafficking Miami, a collaborative community campaign to raise awareness about the sale of children for sex in order to engender the public and political will to create change. Currently, Nancy is vice-chair of Common Cause, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, including empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard in the political process.