This book has been a big part of my journey in understanding racial tension. If you haven’t read it – do.
I was born in 1960 during the time that this book was being written. It was required reading for my generation. Unfortunately, it is no longer required reading so I thought I would try to bring some attention to it.
Black Like Me is a nonfiction book by journalist John Howard Griffin first published in 1961. Griffin was a white native of Dallas, Texas and the book describes his six-week experience travelling on Greyhound buses (occasionally hitchhiking) throughout the racially segregated states ofLouisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia passing as a black man. Sepia Magazine financed the project in exchange for the right to print the account first as a series of articles. Griffin kept a journal of his experiences; the 188-page diary was the genesis of the book. (Wikipedia)
Reading this as a youth, it was one of the few books that left a…
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