Prof. Lacy outlines her sources and methods, and describes the settings of her research: "Riverton/Riverdale" in Prince George's County, Maryland (65 percent Black population) and "Lakeview" in Fairfax County, Virginia (4 percent Black population).
"Negotiating Black Identities," a presentation by Karyn Lacy
Published May 3, 2005
Dr. Karyn Lacy presented "Constructing Racial Identities" at Emory University on March 2, 2005. In excerpts from her lecture, Prof. Lacy advances the idea of strategic assimilation as an way of understanding how contemporary middle-class Blacks are managing their lives in suburban spaces. She draws from her research in two counties near Washington, D. C.: Prince George's County, Maryland (a majority-Black county) and Fairfax County, Virginia (predominately White).