The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Distinguished Lecture Series: “Young, Gifted, & Diverse: Origins of the New Black Elite”
Despite their diversity, Black Americans have long been studied as a uniformly disadvantaged group. In this talk, Camille Charles will highlight diversity among the new educated Black elite—those graduating from America’s selective colleges and universities in the early 21st century. Members of the new Black elite come from myriad backgrounds and have varied views on American racism, but as they progress through college and toward the Black professional class they develop a shared worldview and group consciousness. They graduate with optimism about their own futures, but remain guarded about racial inequality more broadly. This internal diversity alongside political consensus complicates assumptions about both a monolithic Black experience and the future of Black political solidarity.
Event Location: Rutgers Hillel, 70 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901