Growing up Black and Biracial
Date(s) - 09/22/2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Fireside Room


Real American: A Memoir, by Julie Lythcott- Haims

  • Date: Sunday, Sep 22
  • Time: 12:30-2 pm
  • Location: Fireside Room
  • Presenter: Julie Lythcott-Haims
  • Contact: Judy Lookabill (
  • Registration: Not required

Julie Lythcott-Haims, brings her recollections of growing up a biracial black woman in America through her book, Real American: A Memoir. In her presentation, she will discuss her personal battle with low self-esteem that American racism inflicts on people of color. As the only child of a marriage between an African-American father and a white British mother she explores the impact of racism on a person’s inner life, and also outlines her path to self- acceptance and the healing power of community. She has made countless presentations to students, educators, and community leaders on her journey, as she calls on all of us to live more compassionately and fully. There will be time for questions – and copies of her book will be available.

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, an anti-helicopter parenting manifesto which gave rise to one of the top TED Talks of 2016, and now has over 4 million views. In addition to publishing two non-fiction books, her work has appeared on media including in the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement of London, the Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic, Parents, As Us, the PBS News Hour, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The Today Show, National Public Radio and its affiliates, C-SPAN, the TD Jakes Show, and numerous podcasts and radio shows. She serves on the Boards of Foundation for a College Education in East Palo Alto; Global Citizen Year, in Oakland California; Common Sense Media in San Francisco. She is a member of the Peninsula chapter of Threshold Choir and volunteers with the hospital program, No one Dies Alone. She is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and she holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She lives in Palo Alto with her partner of over thirty years, their two teenagers, and her mother, Jean.

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