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

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HarperCollins, Dec 22, 1999 - 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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User Review  - Jil Ross - Goodreads

I'd seen Mr. Graham years ago on the Oprah Winfrey Show and was inspired to purchase the book. I've seen Graham on several telecast and have grown to appreciate his observations through the lens that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Latosha - Goodreads

I think it is great book telling the true story of black people instead of false bad stories all the time. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

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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