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Basic Black; Conversation With Author Lawrence Otis Graham


CLOSED CAPTIONED MASTER A Conversation with Author Lawrence Otis Graham Season 39 Show# 3805 Broadcast Date: 1/18/07 Producer: Valerie Linson Length: 26:46

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Basic Black
Conversation With Author Lawrence Otis Graham
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THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

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Lawrence Otis Graham is an author and commentator on race, politics and class in America. He is perhaps best known for going undercover as a busboy to expose the racism and anti-Semitism at an all-white country club in Connecticut, an experience he chronicled in Member of the Club. He is also the author of Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Upper Black Class, an inside-look at the lives and culture of the African American elite. Graham’s latest book is The Senator and the Socialite, a biography of Blanche Bruce and as described by Graham, the “first black American dynasty.”

On this edition of Basic Black with guest host Howard Manly, Graham expounds on the traditions and legacy of the black elite, with details from the Bruce family history. He also explores the responsibility of the black upper class to the black community as a whole in terms of socioeconomic and political advancement.



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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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