About the Program
In his book, "The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty," author Lawrence Otis Graham tells the story of Blanche Bruce, who went from being a slave to becoming the first African-American to serve a full term in the US Senate. The book provides a 3-generation, 130-year view of race and politics in America.
Mr. Graham discusses his book with Adam Clayton Powell III, 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 US House of Representatives from Harlem in 1945.
Mr. Powell serves as a guest interviewer and is not an employee of C-SPAN.
Lawrence Otis Graham
Lawrence Otis Graham is an attorney and commentator on race, politics, and class in America. He is the author of 14 books including, "Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class." He went undercover as a busboy to expose racism and anti-Semitism at an all-white Connecticut country club. That story was covered by New York Magazine and later became a book by Graham titled, "Member of the Club."
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