Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

Val Penny's Book Reviews

I cannot really remember how or where I came by this book, Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin.  However, I remembered being told by my mother about a white man who pretended to be black and people were rude and unkind to him because they thought he was black. I recall, even as a young child, thinking this was very odd.  However, I was being raised on the liberal West Coast of California, not in the deep South of the USA.

John Howard Griffin was a white American journalist who is best known for his book “Black Like Me” .  In this he details the experience of darkening his skin and travelling as a black man through through the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia in 1959.  The racism that he encountered was so disturbing that he cut short the time he had allotted for this experiment.


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