|February 18 -- Winter Talk - The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era
Winter Talk - The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era
A book talk and signing by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
Sunday, February 18, 2018
2:00 in the Oatlands Carriage House
Free & Open to the Public
Beth Taylor chronicles a critical yet overlooked chapter in American history: the inspiring rise and calculated fall of the black elite, from Emancipation through Reconstruction to the Jim Crow Era.
Daniel Murray was an influential figure of the time – an academic, entrepreneur, and political activist and black history pioneer. He was Assistant Librarian at the Library of Congress and became wealthy through his business as a construction contractor.
Though Murray and other black elite of his time were primed to assimilate into the cultural fabric as Americans first and people of color second, their prospects were crushed by Jim Crow segregation and the capitulation to white supremacist groups by the government, which turned a blind eye to their unlawful—often murderous—acts.
Beth traces the rise, fall, and disillusionment of upper-class African Americans during this important time period.
Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.