More Than I Imagined: What a Black Man Discovered about the White Mother He Never Knew by Blake, John
More Than I Imagined: What a Black Man Discovered about the White Mother He Never Knew -- John Blake - Hardcover
Blake, John
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More Than I Imagined: What a Black Man Discovered about the White Mother He Never Knew -- John Blake - Hardcover


An award-winning journalist tells the story of his quest to reconcile with his white mother and the family he'd never met--and how faith brought them all together.

"A compelling and courageous journey that bears witness to the realities of systemic racism, the complexity of identity within that system, and the possibilities of reconciliation."--Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility

John Blake grew up in a notorious Black neighborhood in inner-city Baltimore that became the setting for the HBO series The Wire. There he became a self-described "closeted biracial person," hostile toward white people while hiding the truth of his mother's race. The son of a Black man and a white woman who met when interracial marriage was still illegal, Blake knew this much about his mother: She vanished from his life not long after his birth, and her family rejected him because of his race.

But at the age of seventeen, Blake had a surprise encounter that uncovered a disturbing family secret. This launched him on a quest to reconcile with his white family. His search centered on two questions: "Where is my mother?" and "Where do I belong?" More Than I Imagined is Blake's propulsive true story about how he answered those questions with the help of an interracial church, a loving caregiver's sacrifice, and an inexplicable childhood encounter that taught him the importance of forgiveness.

Blake covered some of the biggest stories about race in America for twenty-five years before realizing that "facts don't change people, relationships do." He owes this discovery to "radical integration," which was the only way forward for him and his family--and is the only way forward for America as a multiracial democracy. More Than I Imagined is a hopeful story for our difficult times.

Author: John Blake
Publisher: Convergent Books
Published: 05/02/2023
Pages: 240
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 8.52h x 5.84w x 0.88d
ISBN: 9780593443040

About the Author
John Blake is an award-winning CNN journalist. He has been honored by the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Academy of Religion, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Religion Communicators Council. A recipient of the GLAAD Media Award, he has spoken at high schools, colleges, and symposiums, and in documentaries on race, religion, and politics. Blake is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.

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