Tuesday, July 21, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Member meeting at 6:30 pm. Speaker at 6:45 pm.
Online meeting via Zoom Meeting
Born Ute Schaab in Friedberg, Germany, shortly after World War II, Judy was the daughter of a white German woman and a black American soldier, whose mixed race led to her becoming one of many unwanted “Brown Babies” abandoned by their mother. Her powerful and riveting memoir describes the transformation she experienced in her quest to find both birth parents. From childhood in Germany shortly after the war to adulthood in America, her published work Too Brown to Keep: A Search for Love, Forgiveness, and Healing recounts the inspirational odyssey, as the search for her birth parents leads to discovery of the good, the bad, and the ugly family secrets that she had struggled to unearth for decades. Her journey of self-discovery results in a thought-provoking chapter on forgiveness and healing and concludes with a guide to researching your own ancestry or finding a family member or friend who has been missing from your life.
Judy holds a Bachelor of Arts' degree, a California lifetime teaching credential, and Master’s degree in Education Administration. Retiring after many years of service in Education allowed her the quality time to pursue the writing and self-publishing of her story. Her life is blessed as a mother of two successful sons, two successful daughters-in-law, and “Nana” to four grandsons. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and serves her church and community in many ways.