After Words with Lawrence Otis Graham

Lawrence Otis Graham discussed his book The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty, published by… read more

Lawrence Otis Graham discussed his book The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty, published by HarperCollins. Slave-born Blanche K. Bruce (1841-1898) was the first African American to serve a full term in the United State Senate (1875-1881). Having obtained wealth in addition to political clout in Mississippi, he acquired elite class status through his marriage to Josephine Willson, daughter of a wealthy dentist whose freeborn roots extended back to the late 18th century. The book provides a 3-generation, 130-year view of race and politics in America. Mr. Graham discussed his book and topics of racism with guest interviewer Adam Clayton Powell, III.

Mr. Graham is the author of thirteen books, including Member of the Club, which features his undercover experience as a busboy at a discriminatory country club, and Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class. He also writes for periodicals. 

Adam Clayton Powell, III, is the director of the Integrated Media Systems Center at the University of Southern California. Mr. Powell is the son of civil rights leader, Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Harlem in 1945. close

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After Words with Lawrence Otis Graham

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Oct 7, 2006
Last Aired:
Aug 12, 2010

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  • Oct 07, 2006 | 8:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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