The Color of Love - A Conversation with Marra B. Gad
What is it like to be Black, white and Jewish in a world that clings fiercely to the notion that Jews are white and Black and brown people are either Muslim or Christian? Through the lens of her debut memoir, THE COLOR OF LOVE: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl, Marra Gad shares her deeply personal story with the hope of fostering greater understanding about the expansiveness of identity.
Transracial Adoption/General Adoption
A grateful child of a transracial adoption at birth in 1970, Marra B. Gad celebrates her family and speaks intimately to the constantly evolving experience of adoption and being raised in a transracial family.
Alzheimer’s and Caregiving
Marra B. Gad took an unexpected journey into the challenging world of Alzheimer’s and caregiving when she became the caregiver for her great Aunt Nette, which is chronicled in her memoir, THE COLOR OF LOVE. She speaks to the transformational nature of the disease; both for the patient and for those around the patient.
On Racism, Rejection and Mental Health
Born Black/white biracial and Jewish, Marra B. Gad has never known an embrace from the tribes that made her. She speaks candidly to the toll that racism, bias and rejection have taken on her and on her 30-year embracing of therapy as an act of self-love and preservation.
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 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, winner of the 2020 Midwest Book Award for Autobiography/Memoir.
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. Deeply committed to expanding and exploring the notion of belonging across multiple spectrums, Marra is a member of Soho House International’s inaugural Inclusivity Board.