Black like me first published in 1961 is a nonfiction book by white journalist john howard griffin recounting his journey in the deep south of the united states at a time when african americans lived under racial segregationgriffin was a native of mansfield texas who had his skin temporarily darkened to pass as a black manhe traveled for six weeks throughout the racially segregated . Black like me is the true account of john griffins experiences of passing as a black man john horton takes treatments to darken his skin and leaves his home in texas to travel throughout the south at one stop horton encounters a black shoeshine man burt wilson who befriends him and shows him how to act right to fit more easily into the . John howard griffin the author and main character of black like me is a middle aged white man living in mansfield texas in 1959 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 he decides to undergo medical treatment to change the color of his skin and temporarily . During the 60s caucasian journalist john howard griffin decided to find out what it was like to be an african american in the south so he set out to do so by changing his appearance and going . John howard griffin black like me reading this book made me think i dont know anything it is so strange reading about times that i did not live through and then reading about bold strong human beings who did live through them with a bravery one can only marvel at black like me is a work of non fiction and what a book it is
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