Television journalist, author, and acclaimed national speaker Elliott Lewis will explore the issues of race and identity, and his personal experiences as a multiracial American, at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Student Center (fourth floor of the main Cascade building)at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood.
The entertaining and insightful presentation is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.
Lewis is the author of “Fade: My Journeys in Multiracial America,” a story that weaves Lewis’ own experiences with those of dozens of other multiracial Americans. Both Lewis’ father and mother are white and black, and his experiences growing up echo those of many mixed race individuals.
“People often make snap judgments of anyone who says they’re biracial,” he said. “Some people think we’re confused or we’re trying to escape being black. Others go to the opposite extreme and think we’re exotic and the wave of the future. Neither view captures our reality.”
When he’s not touring the country speaking on race and diversity, Lewis, a former board member of the National Association of Black Journalists, works as a freelance television journalist in Washington, D.C. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but spent most of his youth in Pullman.
Lewis’ visit is part of an ongoing nine-part lecture series, Pierce Presents, hosted by Pierce College Student Programs. For more information, call (253) 964-6614,