Fox 2 Reporter Lee Thomas Discusses His Battle With Vitiligo And His New Book 'Turning White: A Memoir of Change'
This event was held on November 15, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
In his newly released book, Emmy Award-winning TV broadcaster Lee Thomas shares the physical and mental battle he is currently waging. In 1996, the African-American broadcaster was diagnosed with the skin pigment disorder vitiligo. In "Turning White: A Memoir of Change," Thomas shares his journey to help people understand vitiligo, and to help others cope with the psychological war that comes from this life-changing disease. Hear him discuss his career, his struggle with vitiligo, and his thought-provoking memoir at this special event. A book signing will follow, with books for sale courtesy of Nicola's Books. As someone in the very public eye, vitiligo has transformed not only Thomas' color, but his life. "Even people who have known me for years avoid eye contact when they see my face without makeup for the first time." He is also currently slated to be the keynote speaker for the National Vitiligo Foundation annual meeting/ awards banquet in October 2007. FOX 2 Detroit and PBS Detroit are developing a documentary on Thomas, which is slated to air locally in November and may go into national syndication. More than two million people in the U.S. suffer from vitiligo. This is the only book on the market addressing the personal and emotional struggles one faces with the disease.