Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research
12 Quincy Street
Barker Center, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
Dear Dr. Gates:
Hoping you can lend your authority to settle a longstanding dispute between a colleague and myself.
At issue is the answer to the following question: Which segment of the African American population is the largest?
Fans of Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion
Obviously, I don't expect any research conducted on our behalf; all we ask is your best guess.
Please respond at your earliest convenience: A dinner at Ruby Tuesday hangs in the balance.
Kenneth H. Cleaver