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Author Talk with Devin C. Hughes at Carlsbad City Library Special Event
The Chief Inspiration Officer, Devin C. Hughes to discuss the complexities and challenges of race, class and family
His book, Contrast: A Biracial Man’s Journey to Desegregate His Past is about acceptance, perseverance and love. His comic book Self Talk is a resource for educators, parents or anyone who wants to promote education, a sense of pride, and self-esteem within their students and children. Devin speaks at schools, universities, corporations and organizations in a wide variety of disciplines to help others access their potential for change.
About the Book
In 1967, the Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in America. Devin C. Hughes was born two years later to a black father and white mother who fled to Washington D.C. to escape the racism of the Deep South. Of course, bigotry still ran rampant, and light-skinned, green-eyed Devin felt its pull from both ends: strangers who didn’t know he was half-black and friends who didn’t care he was half-white. With questions of race and identity always cluttering his mind, Devin still found himself more consumed with his dysfunctional family life: a father who offered an alternative education in the form of hookers and religious exploration, and a mother whose drug use zombified her for most of his childhood.
Despite his parents’ flaws, they were Devin’s greatest believers. From his dad founding a neighborhood baseball team to his mom advocating for him in school, they taught Devin that anything imaginable was within reach, that their mistakes needn’t be his choices, and that his destiny was for greatness. Ultimately, Contrast: A Biracial Man’s Journey to Desegregate His Past isn’t a book about race; it’s a book about acceptance, perseverance, and love.
Hughes spent many of his adult years not acknowledging his mixed race background; he began to realize that by speaking of his own confusion, he could be a catalyst for change. He intends to share many of the lessons he learned along his journey and hopes to provide a bridge-a conduit to help those who are trying to connect and find a place where they belong. "You can find a way or find an excuse, and I hope my story helps you find a way," he said.
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About Devin C. Hughes
Devin C. Hughes, The Chief Inspiration Officer is an award winning speaker, best-selling author and former college basketball player who speaks to a variety of groups, organizations and teams who have a desire to break down cultural barriers and make communication easier through greater self-awareness and understanding of each other. His website: www.devinchughes.com. The book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple iTunes.
The even is open to the public.