Black Like Me
The Deep South of the late 1950's was another country: a land of lynchings, segregated lunch counters, whites-only restrooms, and a color line etched in blood across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. White journalist John Howard Griffin, working for the black-owned magazine Sepia, decided to cross that line. Using medication that darkened his skin to deep brown, he exchanged his privileged life as a southern white man for the disenfranchised world of an unemployed black man. What happened to John Howard Griffin--from the outside and within himself--as he made his way through the segregated Deep South is recorded in this searing work of nonfiction. Educated and soft-spoken, John Howard Griffin changed only the color of his skin. It was enough to make him hated...enough to nearly get him killed. His audacious, still chillingly relevant eyewitness history is a work about race and humanity every American should read.
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Review: Black Like MeUser Review - Alex - Goodreads
Black Like Me was a fascinating and sometimes terrifying account of deep cultural investigation. It reads like fiction, perhaps because of John Howard Griffin's background in novel-writing. There wasn ... Read full review
Review: Black Like MeUser Review - Arthur Berm - Goodreads
A unique view on the problem of racism in the 1950's, the author did the most interesting research possible by taking on the persona of a black person in the Deep South by changing the colour of his skin. An extremely important book in the history racism in America. Read full review