The Fight for a Black Middle Class is a look at the extraordinary difficulty African Americans have faced in their efforts to establish a middle-class standard of living. Through dramatic historical footage and deeply moving personal interviews, the documentary explores the often frustrated efforts of black families to pursue the American dream. Journalist Bob Herbert interviews prominent African Americans – including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson, Congressman Elijah Cummings, renowned psychologist and author Alvin Poussaint, and policy activist Angela Glover Blackwell – who share generational stories of profoundly damaging economic and social prejudice.