Lawrence Otis Graham is a nationally-known corporate and labor attorney as well as a New York Times bestselling author of 14 non-fiction books on the subject of politics, education, race and class in America. About the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060984384/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0060984384&linkCode=as2&tag=ub066-20&linkId=1d4b8065ed34252e2ed83f2ff157c7d6
His work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Glamour, U.S. News & World Report and Reader's Digest, where he has served as a contributing editor. His book Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class (HarperCollins) was a New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Essence Magazine bestseller, as well as a selection of the Book of the Month Club.
Graham’s book The Senator and The Socialite: the Story of America’s First Black Political Dynasty (HarperCollins) is a biography of U.S. Senator Blanche Bruce, the first black person to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate. Graham is also the author of such books as The Best Companies for Minorities (Penguin Books) and Proversity: Getting Past Face Value (John Wiley & Sons)—two guides on diversity in the workplace—as well as Member of the Club, which focused on his now-famous experience of leaving his New York law firm and going undercover as a busboy to expose racism, sexism and anti-Semitism at a segregated country club in Connecticut during the 1990s. That was originally a cover story on New York Magazine, and was later optioned for a feature film by Warner Brothers. The article led to the Professional Golfers' Association of America's decision to no longer host events at segregated clubs. Upon the article's publication, Graham was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the National Bar Association, and several city bar associations around the nation adopted policies that discouraged member firms from hosting events or conducting business with clubs that did not permit women, minorities or Jews.
Graham has appeared on numerous TV programs including Charlie Rose, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, The View, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Good Morning America, and has been profiled in USA Today, TIME Magazine, Ebony, and People Magazine. He is a popular speaker at colleges, corporations and other institutions where he has addressed the issues of education, diversity and American culture. His audiences have included Duke University, UCLA, Howard University, Yale University, Kraft Foods, Corning, Xerox, Disney, American Jewish Committee, the American Library Association, and other organizations around the U.S. and Japan. His research and advice have appeared in The Wall Street Journal.
He launched a campaign to get the U.S. Postal Service to honor Senator Blanche Bruce on a postage stamp, since the nation has never placed a black elected official on a stamp.
A former adjunct professor at Fordham University, Graham has taught African American Studies as well as American Government.
Graham appears weekly as a political commentator on News 12, and he writes Westchester Magazine's online political column, Point of View.
He is chairman of the Westchester County Police Board and has served on such other boards as Red Cross of Westchester, the Boy Scouts of America, Princeton Center for Leadership Training, Jack & Jill Foundation, and Council on Economic Priorities.
Graham is Editor at Large of Uptown Magazine.
Graham is also a trustee of SUNY Purchase College Foundation and the Horace Mann School.