RECORDED 11/2/15: I talked with Rhonda Roorda about her much-needed and excellent book In Their Own Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption. Roorda who was adopted by a white family talks about the varied stories of her interviewees and shares her own story too! Don’t miss this! You can listen to the interview here or download it on itunes.
Rhonda Roorda, adopted by a white family, is a highly-regarded national speaker on transracial adoption. Together with Rita Simon, she coauthored a landmark trilogy of books on transracial adoption (In Their Own Voices, In Their Parents’ Voices, and In Their Siblings’ Voices.) Ms. Roorda’s groundbreaking new book builds on that trilogy and highlights the views of non-adopted black Americans. As per a recent review by Geena Samuels of the University of Chicago:
“Roorda delivers the missing voice of black and biracial non-adopted adults on the topic of race, family, identity and adoption…readers will likely come to realize that the identity work for any person who is racialized in our society is complex, context-tied, and a lifetime process.”