|Kathleen Cross is an author, educator, |
consultant, speaker, and mother.
She has appeared on Oprah, Donohue, and
The Montel Williams Show to discuss the
dynamics of race and skin color in America.
She has been featured in Ebony and is highlighted
in Bruce Caine's book, Our Common Ground:
Portraits of Blacks Changing the Face of
America, for which she wrote the foreword.
Kathleen's award-winning debut novel,
Skin Deep, has been a required text in
colleges throughout the country
Kathleen has more than twenty years of experience as
a speaker, meeting facilitator and workshop leader.
She has taught at the secondary and university
levels, was named by California Superior Courts
as an expert on issues concerning multi-ethnic
identity and has developed and presented more
than fifty workshops on race, equity and social justice.
Cross penned two novels published by Avon Books,
Skin Deep (1999) and Schooling Carmen (2004).
Skin Deep, lauded by Emerge magazine as a
"powerful debut novel," was an alternate selection
of Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild.
Skin Deep won the Black Writers Alliance 2000
Gold Pen for Best Contemporary Fiction, and
is used as required text in high schools,
colleges and universities across the country.
Kathleen is a member of the Board of Directors
of Oneness, a national non-profit organization
whose mission is "to promote the oneness of
humanity and eliminate racism through
music, the arts and education."
Oneness has deep ties in the entertainment industry,
with a long list of influential supporters interested in
anti-racism issues, including executives at ABC/
Disney, Fox Broadcasting and Universal Music
Publishing Group, as well as artists such as
Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, B.B. King,
Sarah McLachlan, and Carlos Santana.
The daughter of an African-American father
and white mother, Cross was featured in
Ebony magazine in a story she wrote about
her life as a bi-ethnic woman who "looks white".
She is highlighted in Bruce Caines' photo-essay book
"Our Common Ground: Blacks Changing the Face of
America" (Crown, 1994), for which she wrote the
forward, and was twice featured in 2004 in Rolling
Out Urban Weekly (published in 19 U.S. cities), for
which she has since served as contributing writer.
Kathleen recently served on a panel sponsored
by the Independent Writers of Southern
California to speak about the role of writers
in addressing human rights issues.
She was the keynote speaker at the 2003 Human
Rights Awards, and a featured speaker at the
World Federalist Association's September11th
Memorial in Los Angeles for two consecutive years.