Leslie Uggams’ INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE Beat The Odds,See Her HUBBY & KIDS…
Depending on which era you come from, you either best know the legendary actress, Leslie Uggams, as “Kizzy Kinte,” the daughter of “Kunta Kinte” from “Roots” but either way, check out her amazing story!
LESLIE UGGAMS AND HER HUSBAND, GRAHAME PRATT
Meet Grahame Pratt, he's Australian and has been married to Leslie Uggams for 51 YEARS (since 1965)! That's beautiful isn't it? "Kizzy" talked in detail about the many obstacles they faced as an interracial couple during the days when interracial marriages in the 60’s were still illegal in some parts of the country, and racial tensions were at an all time high. Read snippets from her 1967 Ebony Magazine interview below...oh, and she used the word "negro" instead of African American or Black, because remember, that was the common term back then, so don't trip y'all, Mrs. Leslie no longer uses the term "negro" today: LESLIE ON THE APPREHENSION FROM HER FAMILY ABOUT DATING WHITE MEN
Leslie Uggams: "I remember the shock I got once when I was dating a White boy. He sent me a color picture of himself. I showed it to my aunt. He was a good looking boy with beautiful hair. I thought he was gorgeous. But my aunt to one look and started in to lecture me. 'Well he's alright, I suppose," she told me, "but only for dates, huh, honey? When you're thinking of settling down for keeps you'll make sure you marry a nice Negro fella, won't you?'"Leslie also explained how she'd received much hate mail from fans after she ultimately married her Australian husband, Grahame. Grahame on the other hand, was not aware of how much racial hatred existed in the U.S. at that time because it wasn't like that in his country. So Leslie had him move to New York with her for a year prior to their marriage, so that he could understand and decide if he wanted to live that type of life with her in America, where many people often spewed negative comments toward them for being an interracial couple. Grahame decided that he loved Leslie way too much to allow other folks' racial hate to separate them. Leslie's family eventually came around too and here's what Leslie explained about that>>>
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