Monday, July 06, 2015

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

John Howard Griffin's controversial Black Like Me was first published in 1961 and highlights Griffin's experiences with racial discrimination. Griffin, a white journalist, used medical treatments to darken his skin and journeyed throughout the segregated South. Written in epistolary style, the book chronicles his difficulties finding lodging, transportation, and hospitality as he travels throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Black Like Me won the Anisfield-Wolf Award in 1962 for its contribution to understanding racism and cultural diversity. 

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