Margo Jefferson (c) Michael Lionstar

Margo Jefferson

Negroland

May/
Sat 28 May 2016

Margo Jefferson

Negroland

Margo Jefferson (c) Michael Lionstar
Sat 28 May 2016,

The daughter of a successful paediatrician and a fashionable socialite, Margo Jefferson spent her childhood among the great and the good of Chicago’s black elite. She calls this society ‘Negroland’: ‘a small region of Negro America where residents where sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty’.

With privilege came exception, and she recalls her reckoning with the strictures and demands of her upbringing at crucial historical moments – the civil rights movement, the dawn of feminism, the fallacy of post-racial America. She charts the twists and turns of a life informed by psychological and moral contradictions.

Jefferson offers a meditation on race, sex, class and American culture, told through the prism of her experience of growing up and being educated amongst Chicago’s upper-class black community.

Image credit: Michael Lionstar

 

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