|About the Author
James McBride was born in 1957 to the late Andrew McBride, an African American
Baptist Minister, and Ruth McBride Jordan (born Rachel Shilsky), a Polish
Jewish immigrant. He grew up in New York City (Harlem, Brooklyn and Queens),
the eighth of twelve children, including four siblings from his mother's second
McBride graduated from Oberlin College and earned his master's degree in
journalism at Columbia University. He worked as a staff writer for The
Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Wilmington News Journal (Delaware). He has also written for Rolling Stone, The Philadelphia
Inquirer, US, and Essence.
McBride has also worked as a jazz saxophonist, touring with jazz vocalist Jimmy
Scott. Anita Baker, Gary Burton, Grover Washington Jr., and others, have
recorded and performed his compositions. His musical theater composition, the
urban opera, Bobos, won the Richard Rogers and Stephen Sondheim Awards for
Outstanding Contributions to American Musical Theater.
Works by James McBride
Miracle at St. Anna
A tale of courage and redemption inspired by the famed Buffalo soldiers of the
92nd Division and a little-known historic event in a small Tuscan village at
the end of World War II-the massacre at St. Anna di Stazzema.
An inventive work of jazz by the author, in CD format.
Selected Articles by James McBride
At Last, Getting It Right on Interracial Adoptions.
The Houston Chronicle, 20 June 1996, p. 37.
Adopting Across the Color Line
The New York Times, 3 June 1996, p. 15.
What Color Is Jesus? When Your Mother Is White and Your Father Is Black, the
Questions Never Stop.
The Washington Post, 31 July 1988, p. W24.
Black Russian seeks her roots in America.
The Toronto Star, 7 Feb. 1988, p. H8.
Yelena Khanga's Voyage of Discovery; A Black Soviet Journalist, Learning-and
Teaching-in the Land of Her Grandparents.
The Washington Post, 4 Feb. 1988, p. B1.
All Work and All Play; Marcus Roberts, Practicing for Perfection.
The Washington Post, 17 Jan. 1988, p. F1.
The School of Hard Bop; at Coolidge High, Taking Notes from Marsalis.
The Washington Post, 18 Dec. 1987, p. G1 .
Wallace Roney and the Quest to Be Heard; a Washingtonian, His Trumpet and His
The Washington Post, 12 Dec. 1987, p. D1.
In Praise of a Great Mother. She's Not Like Anyone You've Met Before.
Boston Globe, New England Magazine, 9 May 1982.
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