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Black Like Me
J.H. Griffin

An autobiographical novel on racial segregation, identity, and hypocrisy. The white journalist J. H. Griffin retells the story of a remarkable experiment: In 1959 at the height of racial tensions, he uses a dermatological drug that darkens his skin – so he could pass as an African American. Griffin embarks on a six weeks’ journey in the South to experience and investigate racism, discrimination, and the “hate stare” firsthand.

· · 1961

Critical edition

Griffen, Howard John. Black Like Me. Penguin, 2010. 208 pp., ISBN 9780451234216

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  • Democratic and political education
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  • Silenced voices