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Monday, 25 August 2014

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " LAWRENCE OTIS GRAHAM " IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN ATTORNEY, SPEAKER AND NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

                            BLACK              SOCIAL           HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lawrence Otis Graham (born 1962) is an African-American attorney, speaker, and New York Times best-selling author.[1][citation needed]

Biography

Lawrence Otis Graham was born in New York, New York and raised in Westchester County, NY.
Lawrence Otis Graham is a nationally-known corporate and labor attorney as well as a New York Times bestselling author of 14 non-fiction books on the subject of politics, education, race and class in America. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, his work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Glamour, U.S. News & World Report and Reader's Digest, where he has served as a contributing editor. His book, Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class(HarperCollins) was a New York Times, L.A. Times and Essence Magazine bestseller, as well as a selection of the Book of the Month Club.
Graham’s book, The Senator and The Socialite: the Story of America’s First Black Political Dynasty (HarperCollins) is a biography of U.S. Senator Blanche Bruce, the first black person to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate. Graham is also the author of such books as The Best Companies for Minorities (Penguin Books) and Proversity: Getting Past Face Value (John Wiley & Sons) –two guides on diversity in the workplace—as well as Member of the Club, which focused on his now-famous experience of leaving his New York law firm and going undercover as a busboy to expose racism, sexism and anti-Semitism at a segregated country club in Connecticut during the 1990s. That was originally a cover story on New York Magazine, and was later optioned for a feature film by Warner Brothers. The article led to the Professional Golfers' Association of America's decision to no longer host events at segregated clubs. Upon the article's publication, Graham was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the National Bar Association, and several city bar associations around the nation adopted policies that discouraged member firms from hosting events or conducting business with clubs that did not permit women, minorities or Jews.
Graham has appeared on numerous TV programs including Charlie RoseThe Oprah Winfrey ShowToday ShowThe ViewHardball with Chris Matthews, and Good Morning America, and has been profiled in USA TodayTIME MagazineEbony, and People Magazine. He is a popular speaker at colleges, corporations and other institutions where he has addressed the issues of education, diversity and American culture. His audiences have included Duke UniversityUCLAHoward UniversityYale UniversityKraft Foods,CorningXeroxDisneyAmerican Jewish Committee, the American Library Association, and other organizations around the U.S. and Japan. His research and advice have appeared in The Wall Street Journal. He launched a campaign to get the U.S. Postal Service to honor Senator Blanche Bruce on a postage stamp, since the nation has never placed a black elected official on a stamp. A former adjunct professor at Fordham University, Graham has taught African American Studies as well as American Government. A lifelong resident of Westchester County (NY), Graham appears weekly as a political commentator on News 12, and he writes Westchester Magazine's online political column, Point of View. He is chairman of the Westchester County Police Board and has served on such other boards as Red Cross of Westchester, the Boy ScoutsPrinceton Center for Leadership Training, Jack & Jill Foundation, and Council on Economic Priorities. Graham is Editor at Large of Uptown Magazine. Graham is also a trustee of SUNY Purchase College Foundation and the Horace Mann School.

Personal life

Graham is married to the corporate executive, Pamela Thomas-Graham, who is the author[2] of several books including Blue Blood and Orange Crushed. They live in Manhattan and Westchester County, New York and have three children.[citation needed]