James McBride, the author of the best-selling memoir "The Color of Water," will deliver the Schreyer Honors College's Signature Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, in Schwab Auditorium on Penn State's University Park campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
McBride's lecture is titled "The Color of Water: A Meditation on Identity." Before the lecture, McBride will hold a book signing from 4 to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Nittany Lion Inn. McBride is an author, musician, and screenwriter. His landmark memoir, "The Color of Water," tells his story and that of his mother, Ruth, a white Jewish woman, who in 1941 married a black man and raised 12 children during some of the most turbulent decades in this country's history. The book was a summer reading selection for incoming Schreyer Scholars this year.
In addition to "The Color of Water" McBride is the author of "Miracle at St. Anna" and "Song Yet Sung." He is a former staff writer for the Boston Globe, People Magazine, and The Washington Post. He is a saxophonist and performs jazz and rhythm and blues when touring with his six-member band.
The lecture is being co-sponsored by the Presidential Leadership Academy and the University Park Allocation Committee.