Our Kind of People: Inside Americas Black Upper Class by Lawrence Otis GrahamDebutante cotillions. Million-dollar homes. Summers in Marthas Vineyard. Membership in the Links, Jack & Jill, Deltas, Boule, and AKAs. An obsession with the right schools, families, social clubs, and skin complexion. This is the world of the black upper class and the focus of the first book written about the black elite by a member of this hard-to-penetrate group.
Author and TV commentator Lawrence Otis Graham, one of the nations most prominent spokesmen on race and class, spent six years interviewing the wealthiest black families in America. He includes historical photos of a people that made their first millions in the 1870s. Graham tells whos in and whos not in the group today with separate chapters on the elite in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nashville, and New Orleans. A new Introduction explains the controversy that the book elicited from both the black and white communities.
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National Library of Australia. Search the catalogue for collection items held by the National Library of Australia. Graham, Lawrence. Our kind of people : inside America's Black upper class. Our Kind of People is the first book written about the insular world of the black upper class by a member of this hard-to-penetrate group. A conservative network of families dating back to the first black millionaires of the s, the black elite has developed in own rules for membership and for maintaining a place in a world that is unaware of its vast contributions.