Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Social Science - 448 pages
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Debutante cotillions. Million-dollar homes. Summers in Martha's 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 nation's 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 who's in and who's 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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OUR KIND OF PEOPLE: Inside America's Black Upper Class

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A record of the pleasures and the follies of an elevated black society. According to Graham, all racial, ethnic, and religious groups lay claim to their own privileged class—that group which, either ... Read full review

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User Review  - ThePinkPanther - LibraryThing

While this book was at times insightful and shed light to the relatively unknown world of the black upper class, it felt at times that the author was more focused on dropping names and repeating the ... Read full review


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The Right
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chapter The Boule the Guardsmen and Other
Black Elite in Chicago
Black Elite in Washington D C
chapter Black Elite in New York City
chapter Vacation Spots for the Black Elite
Black Elite in Memphis
chapter IS Black Elite in Detroit
Black Elite in Atlanta
Passing for White When the Brown Paper

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The author of fourteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Our Kind of People, and a contributing editor for Reader's Digest, Lawrence Otis Graham's work has also appeared in the New York Times, Essence, and The Best American Essays. He lives with his wife in Manhattan and Chappaqua, New York.

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