The Black Elite: Still Facing the Color Line in the Twenty-first Century

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2005 - Social Science - 315 pages
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Using in-depth interviews of high achieving African Americans who came of age prior to or before the Civil Rights movement and those who grew up in the post-Civil Rights era, this book documents that race still matters in the twenty-first century. The work details the lived experiences of African Americans and how they grapple daily with what W. E. Du Bois called the double consciousness, living within and between two worlds. A new chapter details how the post-Civil Rights generation interprets and navigates the racial terrain differently than the Civil Rights generation, which has implication for group identity and group mobility.
  

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Contents

PROLOGUE
xiii
THE COLOR LINE AS REALITY RACE LESSONS PATTERNS AND PROPOSITIONS
xxix
MANIFESTATIONS OF THE COLOR LINE THE IMPACT OF VIOLENCE
41
THE COLOR LINE ACROSS THE WORLD OF WORK
83
THE COLOR LINE ACROSS THE WORLD OF ACADEME
109
THE COLOR LINE IN SOCIAL RELIGIOUS AND FAMILY LIFE
127
GENDER POLITICS THROUGH THE EYES OF BLACK WOMEN
159
STYLES OF COPING
183
BEYOND THE COLOR LINE AN ALTERNATIVE VISION
213
THE COLOR LINE IN THE TWENTYFIRST CENTURY GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES
225
SUMMARY
293
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
295
INDEX
305
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
315
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About the author (2005)

Lois Benjamin is Endowed University Professor of Sociology at Hampton University. She is the author of The Black Elite, Three Black Generations at the Crossroads, and Dreaming No Small Dreams: William R. Harvey's Visionary Leadership, among other works.

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