Reba Lee

Reba Lee told her life story to writer Mary Hastings Bradley who put it in book form in "I Passed For White." Published in 1956, this memoir was made into a movie in 1960. The dust jacket of this book gives a short description of the story that goes as follows: "Reba Lee is a young Negro woman whose skin is almost white. Brought up in Chicago's vast coloured neighbourgoods, she knew quite early that something made her different from her darker family and schoolmates. Finally, grown-up and with a job, she ran away from home to another city and passed herself successfully as a white girl. Now began a difficult and tense, although fascinating, life for Reba. Intelligent and quick-witted as well as beautiful, she soon made a circle of friends for herself; listening, watching, imitating, she began to learn the knack of living in a white world, and outwardly at least, she was as assured and poised as any of the people she met. And then she met a man and fell in love with him and he with her. They were engaged, married.


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