And if as a young child he boarded a bus with his mother in the Jim Crow era, how would that have gone down?
The obsession with skin tone isn't exclusive to America. It exists in other parts of the world and in other cultures.
It appears Soulflower was answering your question about why Obama chose to identify as black. White society has not been traditionally welcoming to mixed black-white people. Have you ever heard of the one drop rule?
Louie Bellson spent much of his time as Pearl Bailey’s musical director, writing her arrangements and leading her accompanying bands. The Couple were married for 38 years, until Bailey’s death in 1990, at age 72. Bellson died at age 84, in 2009. The couple adopted a boy, Tony, in the mid-1950s, and girl Dee Dee, in 1960.
They were married in 1952.
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