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‘Belonging,’ A Journey Through Racial Identity And Family Secrets

'Belonging' book
The Color Purple 2023

“Belonging: A Daughter’s Search for Identity Through Loss and Love,” a book by Michelle Miller.

For readers who love their stories plain-spoken and true, this memoir promises to be a must read. Michelle Miller, the effervescent CBS Saturday Morning co-host and Emmy Award-winning journalist, reveals a complicated family story.

'Belonging' book
CBS Saturday Morning co-host Michelle Miller

Born in 1967 in a deeply segregated Los Angeles, Miller was the product of an extramarital affair between a Black surgeon and a light-skinned Latina hospital administrator who presented as white. Miller’s mother abandoned her at birth, and her father, Dr. Ross Miller, and his mom, Beatrice Bessie Burson Miller, raised her.

Miller’s father attended to Robert F. Kennedy the night of his assassination in 1968, shortly after the he won the California Democratic primary. The surgeon was also the first Black city councilman in Compton.

When Miller was 22, her father urged her to find her mother. Miller took up the search, which helped define the contours of her voice as a Black woman in white newsrooms.

“Perhaps, as my father suggested when he urged me to explore the unknown, this is the task we must each engage — to find our lives,” Miller says in a press release.

“We are each, after all, born to a quest whose starting point is set by the providence of where our star is cast, and we must place our feet upon the path where we awaken, and follow it home,” she adds.

“Belonging” is available on Amazon and everywhere books are sold.  

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