Warner Robins, GA, September 21, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Children’s Book Provides Voice for Kids with Biracial Backgrounds.
Author K. R. Vance shares her experiences raising a uniquely multicultural family through the eyes of her youngest son in her new book, My Rainbow Family (now available thru amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and AuthorHouse).
My Rainbow Family tells the story of Drake, a child with a black mother and a white father. Drake's brother and sisters are of varying races. His brother is Cherokee, and one of his older sisters is Hispanic and the other two African.
Growing up in their special family, the children are exposed to a uniquely multicultural environment. Drake even learns to speak Spanish from his eldest sister. The children also grow up with a positive attitude about differences in the people around them. When children at school ask Drake how it is possible for him to have a black mother, his response is, "Families come in all colors".
Vance also explores issues such as single motherhood and co-parenting with an ex-spouse. In light of the experiences that Vance has endured with her unique family, she wrote My Rainbow Family to shed light on the plight of biracial and multiracial children. "Some interracial families struggle with negative racial comments, harassment and even the loss of economic and emotional support from disapproving family members," Vance says.
"In 1967, the Supreme Court ruling in Loving v Virginia struck down the last of the anti-miscegenation (race-mixing) laws in the US, widening the available marriage choices,” she continues. “The children of these interracial marriages need a voice for affirming their identity, the right words to defend and protect themselves from others who do not appreciate differences, and to help them feel proud of their mixed heritage. This book gives them that. It shows a unique and loving family situation that is a total reflection of today's society."
Born in New Orleans and raised in San Antonio, TX, Vance attended a private Christian school from elementary to middle school where her mother was it's first and only black teacher. She transferred to public school after begging her mother and soon faced her first experiences with negative racial comments from black peers who did not consider her to be "black enough." She began writing about her experiences in an effort to overcome the pain. In high school, she received an award for her poem "The Girl in My Mirror" about the pain of rejection by her "own race."
She became a mother at the age of 19. While raising her children as a single mother, she attended college and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a minor in theology. Married, divorced and widowed, she continues to raise her children as a single mother. My Rainbow Family is her first book, but she plans to write a series of children's books revolved around multicultural family life to raise awareness and educate others on the issue.
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