Guess Who's Coming to the Rodeo?
Years ago, I sat in a darkened movie theater mesmerized by Elia Kazan's 1949 classic, Pinky. A light-skinned black woman who'd gone north to school, Pinky returns home to rural poverty and fear. Perilous music forecasts trouble. Looking from side to side, Pinky carries her suitcase on a dirt road, pushing back tangled vines until she arrives at the shack of the head-wrapped granny (Ethel Waters) who raised her. "Pinky, child, you're home, bless the Lord!"