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 - Trudy Pomerantz - Goodreads
Griffin's description of life in the south as a black man in the late 50's was fascinating reading. People's fear of doing what they knew to be right because of their fear of their neighbour - and ... Read full review
Review: Black Like MeUser Review - Ashleigh Harris - Goodreads
I read this book for a book club and really enjoyed it. It offers a different perspective and really makes you think about society and the racial lines we have drawn, both then and now. I would highly ... Read full review