Secret Daughter by June Cross
A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away

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June Cross was born in 1954 to Norma Booth, a glamorous, aspiring white actress, and James “Stump” Cross, a well-known black comedian. Sent by her mother to be raised by black friends when she was four years old and could no longer pass as white, June was plunged into the pain and confusion of a family divided by race. Secret Daughter tells her story of survival. It traces June’s astonishing discoveries about her mother and about her own fierce determination to thrive. This is an inspiring testimony to the endurance of love between mother and daughter, a child and her adoptive parents, and the power of community.

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June Cross is a journalist and an award-winning television producer whose numerous projects include This Far by Faith: African American Spiritual Journeys. She is currently an associate professor of journalism at Columbia University.
Published May 18, 2006 by Penguin Books. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Identified as “white” on her birth certificate, she lived with her mother, Norma, in New York for a few years, but then her skin got darker, and she could no longer “pass.” Before June was old enough to enter school, Norma sent her to live in Atlantic City with a middle-class black couple, Aunt P...

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I never considered my parents racist in any way, yet as a child I can distinctly recall my mother and I out shopping and we saw a black girl arm in arm with a white boy, my mother was mortified, and made the remark “Simon, I hope you will never do that.” You can get your copy of Secret Daughter ...

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By Dera Williams • Apr 5th, 2009 • Category: Book Review 2009 • Email This Post • Print This Post In 1997 June Cross, a journalist, produced a documentary, Secret Daughter, with PBS Frontline about her life as a biracial daughter of a white woman and a black comedian.

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Norma's marriage to a white actor exploded her fear that someone would find out she had an illegitimate, mixed-race child, so on the occasions June was allowed to visit Norma, she had to pretend she was either Norma's niece or adopted daughter.

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