Black Like Me

Black Like Me Cover

Black Like Me

By John Howard Griffin; Robert Bonazzi (Afterword by)

New American Library, Paperback, 9780451208644, 208pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2003

Description
In the Deep South of the 1950s, journalist John Howard Griffin decided to cross the color 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. His audacious, still chillingly relevant eyewitness history is a work about race and humanity-that in this new millennium still has something important to say to every American.


About the Author
John Howard Griffin (1920 1980), was a writer, journalist, humanitarian, and social critic. He was educated in France. His first work, "The Devil Rides Outside", is an autobiographical account of his time there and the personal struggles during this period of his life. With the advent of World War II, Griffin did military service, where he was hit on the head and suffered a concussion, which later caused him to be struck blind. He miraculously recovered his sight five years later and wrote about the experience in "Scattered Shadows". The most famous and controversial book he wrote was "Black Like Me", where he examined the attitudes of whites toward African Americans in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. In order to obtain firsthand experience, he dyed his skin black and lived among African Americans. Griffin received many awards in his lifetime, including the Pope John XIII Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award and the National Council of Negro Women Award.

Robert Bonazzi is a columnist for the "San Antonio-Express News." He is the author of "Fictive Music," "Living the Borrowed Life," and the critically acclaimed biography of author John Howard Griffin, "Man in the Mirror," He lives in San Antonio, Texas.


Praise For Black Like Me

"Essential reading...a social document of the first order...with such authenticity that it cannot be dismissed." -San Francisco Chronicle



"A stinging indictment of thoughtless, needless inhumanity.  No one can read it without suffering." -Dallas Morning News