The Nation: Two Families That Have Made It

In lifestyle, attitude and aspiration, the black middle class is almost as diverse as any other ethnic group of comparable income. Some of this diversity is shown in the following two portraits, one of a longestablished, upper-middle-income black family in the Deep South, another of a newly arrived middle-income couple in the North.

The Rising Heir

On the outskirts of Birmingham stands the black suburban development of Briarmont, where handsome houses sprawl over huge lots arrayed along winding, tree-lined streets. One of the most attractive homes is a $35,000 three-bedroom ranch with avocado green...

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