At one level, this is a talk about one American family with six adopted kids all born in California in the 1960s, at a time when Americans were just beginning to accept adoptions across barriers of race, age and infirmity. Despite obstacles of racism, schizophrenia, drug abuse, congenital heart problems, sexual orientation issues, babies without marriage and marriage without babies, this family has weathered the storms and remained closely bonded, celebrating many triumphs together and facing adversities together. At a deeper level, this is the story of America as we enter the 21st century, recognizing that in just a few decades the composite American family will be as diverse racially as this adopted family, with people of color in the majority, interracial unions the norm, and all the complexities of this family’s life experience. This is a reality that we need to talk about seriously.
A reception and book signing will follow the presentation in the McClelland Park lobby.
Likins' book will be available for purchase at the event. Please RSVP to Erica Ruegg.