Biracial, and also black


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Professor Martha Jones was struck when multiple students noted their mixed race identities

Their stories prompted her to share that she, too, is biracial

You can be biracial and black, Jones writes

Editor’s Note: Martha S. Jones is a professor of history, law and Afro-American and African studies at the University of Michigan. She is writing a family memoir on mixed-race identity. This is the second piece in a Black History Month series that explores evolving African-American identity. The first looked at the ’white’ student who integrated the University of Mississippi. The next, on February 19, will answer your questions about being biracial and also black.