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Meet the New Class: Th eorizing Young Black Leadership in a “Postracial” Era

WithANDRA GILLESPIE

By all accounts, Americans are being introduced to a third generation of Black elected leadership. Ironically, this new phase, like the phases that preceded it, is called “new Black politics.” What distinguishes this new batch of leaders from their predecessors is their generation (i.e., they were born or came of age after the Civil Rights Movement), their education (they were educated in Ivy League and other White institutions), and their potential (they have realistic chances of holding higher executive and legislative positions more frequently than any other generation of Black leaders) (Reed and Alleyne 2002).