In 1967, the Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in America. Devin Hughes was born two years later to a black father and white mother who fled to Washington D.C. to escape the racism of the Deep South. Of course, bigotry still ran rampant, and light-skinned, green-eyed Devin felt its pull from both ends: strangers who didn’t know he was half-black and friends who didn’t care he was half-white. With questions of race and identity always cluttering his mind, Devin still found himself more consumed with his dysfunctional family life: a father who offered an alternative education in the form of hookers and religious exploration, and a mother whose drug use zombified her for most of his childhood.

Despite his parents’ flaws, they were Devin’s greatest believers. From his dad founding a neighborhood baseball team to his mom advocating for him in school, they taught Devin that anything imaginable was within reach, that their mistakes needn’t be his choices, and that his destiny was for greatness. Ultimately, Contrast: A Biracial Man’s Journey to Desegregate His Past isn’t a book about race; it’s a book about acceptance, perseverance, and love.

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“Devin Hughes has developed an inspiring and thought-provoking autobiography that reminds us of the fragility of the human spirit, but also reinforces the importance of being comfortable in your own skin as one navigates the uncertain waters of today’s globalized and highly competitive society. Hughes’ story reminds us that no matter where we come from or what adversity we have faced, we can be successful and make a difference in the world.”
-Christian Teeter, Ed.D, Chief of Staff, University of California, Berkeley