On today’s episode of Mixed Race Radio, we will meet Dr. John Reed, a top motivational speaker, author, loving husband, and father whose passion is empowering people to dare live the life of their dreams. Being of biracial descent, his father is African-American and his mother is German Caucasian, he was born in Germany within a generation after World War II ended. The racial tension was still palpable, and he struggled with social acceptance from the minute he was born. Dr. John’s first year of life was spent in a convent being taken care of by nuns. The lack of nurturing from his mother during his first year continued throughout his childhood while his mother’s rejection of him complicated life even more for him. Fighting for acceptance into the German society he was born into was a losing battle and sadly, he also lost the battle of being accepted by his mother. John was physically, emotionally and verbally abused by his mother, which left deep scars. As a result, he suffered from low self-esteem and self-worth, identity crisis and a lack of self-love for the first part of his life. It took John many years of hard work and determination to overcome these challenges, a story more detailed in his book, It’s Not Always Black And White ~ Caught Between Two Worlds. Today, John enjoys life and family and understands that everything that happened in the past has prepared him to be the well-adjusted person he is today. He holds a doctorate in Human Services from Capella University.
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