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  • Black Like Me

  • By: John Howard Griffin
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276

Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book brings back memories...

  • By Wayne on 11-26-15

Does everything a good book should do..

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-13

This book makes you stop, think, and question. It stays with you, haunts you and makes you reflect on yourself and how you treat others. I stumbled upon this little gem quite by accident as I was looking for books which addressed social justice for a graduate course. I was astonished. Griffin has gone above and beyond to explore racism. This story takes place in the 1960s and is told from his experiences. He chemically and medicinally darkens his skin to become a black man. His experiences are heartbreaking. He witnesses both kindness extended by complete strangers and chilling cruelty from neighbors. I won't give spoilers or too much detail as you must listen to/read this book for yourself.

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