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 - Joan Fisher - Goodreads
Phenomenal for its time. Unbelievable that an individual would risk unknown consequences of taken medication to change his skin pigmentation so he could experience what it was like to be the underdog. Read full review
Review: Black Like MeUser Review - Katie Wilson - Goodreads
This kind of social experiment would never fly today, but it's interesting to read. This book not only sheds light on the Black experience in America during the 1960s, but also White perceptions of ... Read full review