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Marra Gad to discuss memoir during online session Monday

The Youngstown Area Jewish Federation and the Youngstown State University Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies will host the virtual event.
Marra B. Gad
Author Marra B. Gad will discuss her memoir "The Color of Love: The Story of a Mixed Race Jewish Girl" in an online presentation Monday. (Contributed photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Area Jewish Federation and the Youngstown State University Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies will host a virtual evening with author Marra B. Gad at 7 p.m. Monday (Feb. 8).

Gad is the author of the memoir “The Color of Love: The Story of a Mixed Race Jewish Girl.”
 
The award-winning author, speaker and independent writer/producer will discuss her personal journey as a biracial Jewish woman.

Adopted as an infant by a white, Jewish family in Chicago, Gad came to realize as a child that she was “a mixed race, Jewish unicorn,” not “black enough” in black spaces and subjected to racism in Jewish spaces.

"’The Color of Love’ is a story of the complexities of identity, what we inherit, and what we choose, and how those complexities are interwoven into the person we become,” Nancy Burnett, chairperson of the Jewish Federation's Community Relations Council, said in a news release. “Discovering that she is 'different,' Ms. Gad realizes that we are all unique and that love is the path to happiness."  

Visit jewishyoungstown.org to register for the free event and to purchase a copy of Gad’s book.
 
This program is presented in partnership with Kent State Hillel, Lit Youngstown, The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, YSU Africana Studies Program, YSU Women’s and Gender Studies, and YWCA Mahoning Valley.

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