It’s been a while since we played this game. Here’s how it works:
The first person to correctly identify the above four persons, A thru D, as either Negro or not a Negro will win a prize. That prize is a brand new copy of the 2007 paperback “The Early Black History Movement, Carter G. Woodson, and Lorenzo Johnston Greene.”
Mr. Woodson is the man who created Negro History Week, which we now know as Black History Month.
Only one set of guesses allowed per person. You don’t have to tell me who the people are. Just “Negro” or “Not a Negro.” Put your guesses in the comment thread. Good luck!
UPDATE (01/24/08): We have a winner. Genevagirl, hit me with an email at the address on my profile page to claim your prize.
C. Not a Negro
D. Not a Negro
A. is Lawrence Dennis, a political writer who passed as white during his adult life, but who first gained attention as a mulatto “child preacher.” Dennis is the subject of a 2006 biography, “The Color of Fascism: Lawrence Dennis, Racial Passing, and the Rise of Right-Wing Extremism in the United States.” I’ll write more about him during Black History Month.
B. is Korla Pandit (born John Roland Redd), an organist and early television personality in Los Angeles. He claimed to have been born in New Delhi, but magazine journalist RJ Smith discovered the truth in recent years; “Korla Pandit” was actually born in St. Louis. Both of his parents were Negroes. Interestingly, when John Redd first moved to L.A., he tried passing as Mexican (under the name “Juan Rolando”).
I’ll post more about Korla Pandit soon.
C. is Notah Begay III, professional golfer and full-blooded Navajo Indian.
D. is model Yvette Nelson. German father, Armenian mother (according to Wikipedia).
Thanks for playing!