The Ex-Colored man had never found himself in an all-black environment prior to attending Atlanta University. The white gentlemen frequently "loaned" the Ex-Colored Man out to other people to play at their parties. He would play until the white gentleman would say that will. The white gentleman frequently "loaned" the Ex-Colored Man out to other people to play at their parties. The Ex-Colored Mans mother protected him as a child and teenager. While he was with the white gentleman, the Ex-Colored Man decided he was somewhat tired of having other people control his actions and treat him like a subordinate. The first person whom the narrator sees perform ragtime, at a bar in New York. However, throughout the performance, he notices the young woman speaking to an older couple whom she refers to as "mother" and "father." The narrator is shocked when he recognizes the man as his own, wealthy white father, whom he has not seen for ten years. His love for music is insatiable.
He wanted to bring glory and honor to the Negro race. She dies during childbirth. The gentleman had a particular liking to the Ex-Colored Man's music which evolved into a particular liking of the Ex-Colored Man himself. He is an extremely talented musician as well as a voracious reader and a skilled linguist. Passing The world accepted The Ex-Colored Man to be white.