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Uptown Magazine: The Black Middle Class: A Disappearing Act

By Reniqua Allen

“Nigel Bryden and his wife Jacqueline have always bought into the American dream. These children of the Caribbean believed that if you went to school and worked hard, success was all but assured. In 2006, with a six-figure income between them, the Brydens thought the straightest path to the promised land was through Atlanta, big city of black dreams. Nearly eight years later in “post-recession America”—after layoffs, long stints of unemployment and missed mortgage payments—the college-educated couple is wondering how their middle class status so thoroughly slipped away.” Read more here.