Journalist, professor and writer Margo Jefferson (1947) was a little anxious about her book title. In Negroland, she describes how it was to grow up within the elite of the black community in Chicago. Her memoir shows the difference between African Americans with a light and dark skin, and describes the gap between her own social environment, and that of other groups within the black community. Despite everything, the advantages her situation brought her could not shield Jefferson from racism. She uses the word ‘negro’ in this bold, innovative memoir, without letting the word dominate.
Margo Jefferson will be interviewed by Liesbeth Staats.