The setting is the Deep South in 1959. What began as scientific research ended up changing his life in every way imaginable. When he decided the real story was in his journals, he published them, and the storm that followed is now part of American history.
As performed by Ray Childs, this first-ever recording of Black Like Me will leave each listener deeply affected. John Howard Griffin did the impossible to help bring the full effect of racism to the forefront of America's conscience.
©1960, 1961, 1977 John Howard Griffin; renewed 1989 Elizabeth Griffin-Bonazzi, Susan Griffin-Campbell, John H. Griffin, Jr., Gregory P. Griffin, and Amanda Griffin-Sanderson; (P)2004 Audio Bookshelf; Recorded by arrangement with New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
"No one can read it without suffering." (Dallas Morning News)
"Only the coldest of hearts could be unaffected by this story, told with dignity and warmth, conviction and steadfast honesty. Audiobooks like this can help heal wounds and open minds about racism, an issue our nation still struggles with." (AudioFile)
I picked this book up on a daily deal and although I found the actual book interesting, it was easy to say, yeah that was then. The epilogue gave me more insight into a world that I grew up in than I expected. I grew up in the 70's and 80's and can think back to that time and see a different perspective now. I think I will reflecting on this for some time to come.
The idea of becoming black to learn to learn about the racism was intriguing. I enjoyed listening to his experiences. I didn't want to stop listening. Side note: people still don't understand the only difference is the color of their skin.
It's an amazing read... at times I found it shocking! It's hard to believe John Howard Griffin, a white man, could've live his life as a black man, but he did. Truly, a thought provoking true story.
This book was very eye-opening to see how far we have come in such a small amount of time. There is still work to be done but this proves with work progress can happen.
Meeting all kinds of prejudice.
I felt sorry for America. I never understood why this "land of the free" has such a hard time living up to that.
I found this extremely interesting and I very much enjoyed listening.
We would love to believe our country has fully outgrown racism and poverty mindedness... Maybe not (look into Ferguson Missouri)...
We, a very white couple, gave adopted a child who is Columbian and "negro" (as read in the book)--- We would say African-American... I wounded to learn how to build our child up and what to be prepared for.
Though times are different, they are the same too.
This is an excellent presentation.
I suppose, maybe
I didn't listen for the ending
It was ok, I think it was written to far back in time for me to really appreciate.
This book began as a narrative of Griffins experiences as a white man-turned black. I liked listening to the story and the events that happened to him. I didn't like the ending of the book as much where it just became a run-down of all the history of the racial justice movement. Not bad to know the history but fairly boring.
My sophomore son was reading this for literature class and I thought it sounded interesting so I bought it to listen to while in the car. What a great buy! Even if you think you are enlightened about civil rights and the movement of integration you may listen to this and realize you are not fully aware of the struggles of society on both sides of racism, how society has reached the point that it is currently and find yourself amazed with the insight shared from Griffins real life experience and perspectives. An excellent listen, it is intellectual, emotional and troubling at times and brings perspective to all sides. It is an easy book to listen to and feel. Highly recommend!!
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