Randal Maurice Jelks

Randal Maurice Jelks is Ruth N. Halls Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. His latest book is Letters to Martin: Meditations on Democracy in Black America.


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Class, Race, and the Formation of Urban Black Communities

Three rich histories give us the lived experiences of persons negotiating a racialized class system. These new narratives are instructive because Black Americans, despite class being violently raced in the United States, have had robust internal conversations within their own walls about what life as men and women, entrepreneurs, professionals, and essential workers mean in democratic conversation one to another.