Michael Sidney Fosberg looks back at a life 'Incognito'

February 21, 2011

By Steve Edwards

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(Photo courtesy of Incognito, Inc.)
Michael Sidney Fosberg talks about learning of his black heritage in his one-man, autobiographical show, 'Incognito.'

Michael Sidney Fosberg grew up in a white working-class family in Waukegan but at the age of 34 he learned he is black. Fosberg’s search for his biological father led to decades of self reflection, confrontation and reconciliation. That nearly 20-year journey resulted in a one-man show and most recently, a memoir called Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery.

Fosberg will celebrate that release and participate in a conversation about race Monday at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater.

WBEZ’s Steve Edwards recently caught up with Fosberg to learn about the book and his journey. Fosberg started by describing how a name and his desire to learn more about his history made him pick up the phone.

Tune in Tuesday to hear how Fosberg’s relationship with his father took a complicated turn after they reunited.