Using in-depth interviews of high achieving African Americans who came of age prior to or before the Civil Rights movement and those who grew up in the post-Civil Rights era, this book documents that race still matters in the twenty-first century. The work details the lived experiences of African Americans and how they grapple daily with what W. E. Du Bois called the double consciousness, living within and between two worlds. A new chapter details how the post-Civil Rights generation interprets and navigates the racial terrain differently than the Civil Rights generation, which has implication for group identity and group mobility.
Lois Benjamin is Endowed University Professor of Sociology at Hampton University. She is the author of The Black Elite, Three Black Generations at the Crossroads, and Dreaming No Small Dreams: William R. Harvey's Visionary Leadership, among other works.
Chapter 1 The Color Line as Reality: Race Lessons, Patterns, and Propositions Chapter 2 Manifestations of the Color Line: The Impact of Violence Chapter 3 The Color Line Across the World of Work Chapter 4 The Color Line Across the World of Academe Chapter 5 The Color Line in Social, Religious, and Family Life Chapter 6 Gender Politics through the Eyes of Black Women Chapter 7 Styles of Coping Chapter 8 Beyond the Color Line: An Alternative Vision Chapter 9 Exemplary Visionaries: A Candle of Collective Consciousness Chapter 10 The Color Line in the Twenty-First Century: Generational Differences