Spilling Family Secrets

November 12, 2015 | CUNY Lecture Series


Pulitzer-Prize winning critic Margo Jefferson talks about her memoir on growing up in an upper middle class black family in Chicago, a place she calls “Negroland.” “I wanted to record a particular way of living as a person of color…that sense that we were bordered on one side by the larger world of blacks, on the other side by white people,” Jefferson said. In conversation with Hunter College professor Karen Hunter, Jefferson delves into pressures on the black elite in the 1950s to look, speak, and act in a way that would be acceptable to whites.