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Black like me : the definitive Griffin estate edition, corrected from original manuscripts / John Howard Griffin ; with a foreword by Studs Terkel ; historic photographs by Don Rutledge ; and an afterword by Robert Bonazzi.

By: Griffin, John Howard, 1920-1980.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: San Antonio, Tex. : Wings Press, 2004Edition: 1st Wings Press ed.Description: xiii, 239 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0930324722; 9780930324728; 0930324730 (reinforced lib. bdg. : alk. paper); 9780930324735 (reinforced lib. bdg. : alk. paper).Subject(s): African Americans -- Southern States -- Social conditions | Southern States -- Race relations | Griffin, John Howard, 1920-1980 | Texas -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Black like me.DDC classification: 975/.00496073 Other classification: MS 3450
Contents:
Black like me -- Preface, 1961 -- Deep south journey, 1959 -- Photographs by Don Rutledge -- The aftermath, 1960 -- Epilogue, 1976 -- Beyond otherness, 1979 -- Afterword, 2004 / Robert Bonazzi.
Summary: Publisher's description: Studs Terkel tells us in his Foreword to the definitive Griffin Estate Edition of Black Like Me: "This is a contemporary book, you bet." Indeed, Black Like Me remains required reading in thousands of high schools and colleges for this very reason. Regardless of how much progress has been made in eliminating outright racism from American life, Black Like Me endures as a great human ₆ and humanitarian ₆ document. In our era, when "international" terrorism is most often defined in terms of a single ethnic designation and a single religion, we need to be reminded that America has been blinded by fear and racial intolerance before. As John Lennon wrote, "Living is easy with eyes closed." Black Like Me is the story of a man who opened his eyes, and helped an entire nation to do likewise.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 236-239).

Black like me -- Preface, 1961 -- Deep south journey, 1959 -- Photographs by Don Rutledge -- The aftermath, 1960 -- Epilogue, 1976 -- Beyond otherness, 1979 -- Afterword, 2004 / Robert Bonazzi.

Publisher's description: Studs Terkel tells us in his Foreword to the definitive Griffin Estate Edition of Black Like Me: "This is a contemporary book, you bet." Indeed, Black Like Me remains required reading in thousands of high schools and colleges for this very reason. Regardless of how much progress has been made in eliminating outright racism from American life, Black Like Me endures as a great human ₆ and humanitarian ₆ document. In our era, when "international" terrorism is most often defined in terms of a single ethnic designation and a single religion, we need to be reminded that America has been blinded by fear and racial intolerance before. As John Lennon wrote, "Living is easy with eyes closed." Black Like Me is the story of a man who opened his eyes, and helped an entire nation to do likewise.

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Library Journal Review

In 1959, Griffin, 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. For all libraries.-Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-John Howard Griffin's groundbreaking and controversial novel about his experiences as a white man who transforms himself with the aid of medication and dye in order to experience firsthand the life of a black man living in the Deep South in the late 1950s is a mesmerizing tale of the ultimate sociological experiment. Ray Childs' narration is both straightforward and deeply satisfying. A skilled reader, he incorporates different dialects to help listeners distinguish among the various characters. His ability to convey a full spectrum of emotions, including exhilaration, bone deep sadness, and gut wrenching fear is riveting. Equally fascinating is Childs' description of how Griffin's unheard of approach to studying racial discrimination changed his personal life and ignited a storm of argument and discussion around the nation. This recording deserves a place in every public library collection.-Cindy Lombardo, Tuscarawas County Public Library, New Philadelphia, OH(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

CHOICE Review

In print continuously in various editions since its original publication in 1961, Black Like Me is the extraordinary story of Griffin, a white Texan who in 1959 took some capsules (prescribed by a dermatologist), exposed himself to ultraviolet light under a sunlamp, and stained his skin to make himself appear darker. In this condition, he traveled in the Deep South and "passed" as black for a month, experiencing what it was like to be perceived and treated as a black man. Griffin sought work, but was always told there was nothing for him. He confided his secret to a shoeshine man in New Orleans, who helped him. As a "black" man, Griffin was denied service at hotels and restaurants, denied a drink of water at white establishments, not permitted to use restrooms. In every instance, he had to find a facility for "Negroes." One white man asked him to expose himself so that he could satisfy his curiosity about the legendary size of black men's genitalia. Other whites inquired about black sexuality or boasted to him of exploits with black women. Griffin's account confirmed that blacks endured debasing, second-class treatment. An important and classic work, well deserving of this new edition. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All public/academic levels/libraries. W. Glasker Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden

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