By the Book Author Series Class, Culture, and Consciousness in Black America

Thursday, March 03, 2022 • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

$0.00 - $15.00

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Event Details

By the Book Author Series

A Celebration of Research, Writing, and the Grand Reopening of the Western Reserve Historical Society's Library


Beginning this October, we invite you to experience the Cleveland History Center in a brand-new way through our By the Book Author Series. Join us in the newly renovated WRHS Research Library as we highlight scholars’ work on various aspects of history relating to Northeast Ohio. Hear from the authors as they discuss topics ranging from the historic to the sociological, then enjoy a networking session for more in-depth conversation with the authors and WRHS staff.


WRHS Members: FREE

Adults: $15

Seniors (62+): $13

Veterans: $12

College: $10

Tickets include the book discussion and networking hour, as well as full museum admission. Participants will receive a 10% discount on authors’ works if purchased through the WRHS Museum Store. Participants will also receive $5 flat rate parking in our Visitor Lot.

Part of a book club? Ask us about special discounted admission rates for groups! For more information, email Whitney Stalnaker, Public Programs Manager, at [email protected].

Light refreshments and beverages will be available for purchase.

Class, Culture, and Consciousness in Black America

Presenter: Cassi Pittman Claytor

Date: Thurs., March 3, 2022

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Location: Cleveland History Center


Event Description

Northeast Ohio native Dr. Cassi Pittman Claytor's talk on Black Privilege will enrich program participants' “understanding of the Black middle class [by] drawing on the firsthand accounts of Black New Yorkers to offer original analysis as to what middle-class status buys Blacks who have cultural capital, credentials, and cash on hand.”

Speaker Bio

Dr. Cassi Pittman Claytor

Dr. Cassi Pittman Claytor, author of Black Privilege: Modern Middle-Class Blacks with Credentials and Cash to Spend (Stanford University Press) is the Climo Junior Professor of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University and the Acting Co-Director of the African and African American Studies Minor. Her research focuses on how racial minorities, particularly Blacks, manage contemporary forms of racism with the goal of uncovering how contemporary processes of social exclusion and inequality function to disadvantage racial minorities.


Pittman Claytor is a nationally recognized scholar on the unfortunate, yet all too common phenomena of “Shopping While Black.” She has investigated African Americans’ experiences in the consumer market, as well as the mortgage market. In recognition of her work, Pittman Claytor was just named as one of 100 People Transforming Business by Business Insider. Claytor received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Venue Information

Cleveland History Center
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 721-5722
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Organizer Information

Cleveland History Center

10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 721-5722

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Angie Lowrie
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