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

Paperback | February 15, 2000

byLawrence Otis Graham

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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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Lawrence Otis Graham became a household name when, in an attempt to expose racism and classism, he quit practicing law at a high profile firm and posed as a busboy at a high-falluting and exclusively white Connecticut country club. An eternal critic of society’s ills and obsessions, he now offers readers Our Kind of People, a truly eye...

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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 o...

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 o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.04 inPublished:February 15, 2000Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060984384

ISBN - 13:9780060984380

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Lawrence Otis Graham became a household name when, in an attempt to expose racism and classism, he quit practicing law at a high profile firm and posed as a busboy at a high-falluting and exclusively white Connecticut country club. An eternal critic of society’s ills and obsessions, he now offers readers Our Kind of People, a truly eye-opening study revealing the racial and classist issues still pervading well-to-do African-American communities. Graham draws on more than six years’ worth of interviews with the most prominent members of exclusive communities in such cities as New York, Chicago and New Orleans to bring you this compelling work.

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“Captivating...From debutante cotillions and the right vacation spots to who’s in and who’s not.”