The Special Perils Facing The Black Middle Class

  • January 28, 2013

By Tom Abate

The American middle class is in peril and the African-American middle class especially so.

On Saturday, February 2, at 5:00 pm, California State University East Bay Professor Benjamin P. Bowser will hold a free event to discuss how the black middle class is faring amid the general polarization of the economy.

Bowser is the author of "The Black Middle Class: Social Mobility and Vulnerability."

In that book he argues that "that the seemingly comparable black and white middle classes, while inextricably linked, in fact exist on entirely different economic planes," as one review put it.

This free program is sposored by the Hayward Area Historical Society in collaboration with the Women's Ministry of Palma Ceia Baptist Church and the South Bay Area Chapter of the LINKS, Inc.

It will be held at Palma Ceia Baptist Church, 28605 Russ Road in Hayward, and is part of the Historical Society's fourth annual Black History Month Program.

For additional information regarding The Black Middle Class: Social Mobility – and Vulnerability, contact Johanna Fassbender at 510-581-0223 or visit www.haywardareahistory.org.

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