November 27, 2003
By KAREN M. THOMAS
For most folks, “passing” applies to African-Americans so fair that they
could — and did — pass for white. Most would probably assume that no one
now bothers. However, passing not only still exists, it has morphed. The
author tells six modern-day stories, ranging from the man who hides his
black heritage to the respected poet who uses a false identity to write
about rock ‘n’ roll. Woven throughout are experts to help us understand
the whys. The poignant portraits leave you wondering not why people
choose to pass but, rather, why society hasn’t changed enough to let
them simply be who they are.
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January 29: Exhibition Opening Remarks: “Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the Nineteenth Amendment,“New York Society Library. February 23: “Public Values in Conflict with Animal Agribusiness Practices,” UCLA Law School, Los Angeles. March 13:“ The Suffragents,” Scarsdale Woman’s Club, Scarsdale NY. March 24: League of Women Voters, Albany County at the Bethlehem (NY) Public Library. March 25: “Judges, Lawyers, and Women’s Suffrage,” Gender Fairness Committee of the Third Judicial District, CLE, NY State Courts at SUNY Albany Law School, Albany NY. May 15: “The Republican Suffragents,” National Women’s Republican Club, New York City.