A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 17, 1974

The reports by Jack White and Joseph Boyce for this week's cover story often bordered on autobiography. Contributing Editor White's first file, on the historical roots of the black middle class, came particularly close to home, as White's grandfather was born a slave and his father, the youngest of 17 children, is a physician and professor at Howard University Medical School. White attended Swarthmore College and covered black affairs for the Washington Post and Nashville's Race Relations Reporter before joining TIME in 1972. To ensure that the middle-class black families he interviewed would be strangers to him, White sought out subjects...

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