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Kenneth Cleaver 

Consumer Correspondent

March 11, 2005

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Director

W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research

Harvard University

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?

Republicans

Atheists

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.

Sincerely,

Kenneth H. Cleaver

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