Deeply committed to the cause of racial justice and frustrated by his inability as a white man to understand the black experience, Griffin decides to take a radical step: After securing the support of his wife and of George Levitan, the editor of a black-oriented magazine called Sepia which will fund Griffin's experience in return for an article about it, Griffin sets out for New Orleans to begin his life as a black man. He finds a contact in the black community, a soft-spoken, articulate shoe-shiner named Sterling Williams, and begins a dermatological regimen of exposure to ultraviolet light, oral medication, and skin dyes.
Page 3 of 4 Book Reviews Audio version. Concerned by the lack of communication between the races and wondering what "adjustments and discriminations" he would face as a Negro in the Deep South, the late author, a journalist and self-described "specialist in race issues," left behind his privileged life as a Southern white man to step into the body of a stranger.
InGriffin headed to New Orleans, darkened his skin and immersed himself in black society, then traveled to several states until he could no longer stand the racism, segregation and degrading living conditions. Griffin imparts the hopelessness and despair he felt while executing his social experiment, and professional narrator Childs renders this recounting even more immediate and emotional with his heartfelt delivery and skillful use of accents.
The CD package includes an epilogue on social progress, written in by the author, making it suitable for both the classroom and for personal enlightenment. Publishers Weekly Audio version. InGriffin, a noted white journalist, decided to try an experiment.
He felt that the only way to determine the truth about how African Americans were treated by whites, and to learn if there was discrimination, was to become one.
After a series of medical treatments that darkened his skin, he began his travels in the Deep South. Made up primarily of his journal entries during that time, Black Like Me, read by Ray Childs, details the experiences he had while passing for black. He finds that the people who saw him as white days earlier would not give him the time of day.
He suffered even more as he rode buses in New Orleans, discovering how whites would no longer sit next to him. Listeners will be fascinated by his bus trip to Mississippi during which the driver would not let any of the African Americans off at a rest stop and how some of the passengers decided to deal with this slight.
A fascinating view of life before the heyday of the Civil Rights movement, showing the difficulties of being black in America.Black Like Me has 1 reviews and 1 ratings.
Reviewer may_c wrote: This book is very interesting. This is my first time reading this kind of book. This book is written in the 60's it's a pretty old book.
But this book showed how society treats others before. This book is about a white journalist experience the ra 3/5(1). John Howard Griffin () is known internationally as the author of two novels, Nuni and The Devil Rides Outside, five books and monographs on racism in addition to Black Like Me, a biography of Thomas Merton, three collections of photography, a volume of journals, two historical works on Texas, a musicological study, and The John Howard /5().
John Howard Griffin was a white American journalist who is best known for his account, Black Like Me, in which he details the experience of darkening his skin and traveling as a black man through through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia in /5.
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Black Like Me is an awesome autobiography written by John Howard Griffin.
In this book he shares with us his experiences of transforming from a white-skinned man, into a dark-skinned Negro. Even though I usually don't like reading books in general, I actually thought this was a very intriguing, touching book/5().
'Black Like Me' is a novel about a white journalist, John Howard Griffin, who decides to darken his skin and go undercover to live a life of an African American. As his journey progresses he realizes what it is like to treated so cruel by whites/5().
Black Like Me is a non-fiction book written by John Howard Griffin. Disgusted by the racism exhibited in the United States, Griffin decided in to try an experiment. He, a white man, would tan himself and apply shoe polish, in order to look black. John Howard Griffin (June 16, – September 9, ) was an American journalist and author from Texas, who wrote about racial equality. He conducted a kind of social study in his project, resulting in his book Black Like Me (). Black Like Me and later. Black Like Me has 1 reviews and 1 ratings. Reviewer may_c wrote: This book is very interesting. By John Howard Griffin. 1 rating 1 review 1 follower. Share to Google Classroom. Share by Email. Follow Book. I recommend this kind of book to people who enjoys reading non-fiction books about the history in different perspectives. 0 Reply3/5(1).