The classic account of a white reporter's journey across the racial divide in 1950s America, reissued for the 60th anniversary of the events with a new foreword by Bernardine Evaristo.
John Howard Griffin was born in Texas in 1920. As a student in France in 1939 he was caught up with the outbreak of the Second World War, and worked with the French Resistance before joining the US Army. Hit by shrapnel in an air raid, he lost his sight; a bout of spinal malaria in 1955 led to the paralysis of his lower body, but remarkably he regained both his sight and the use of his legs two years later. After the publication of Black Like Me he worked as a human rights activist, and taught at the University of Peace. He died in 1980.
Black Like Me awoke significant numbers of white Americans to
truths about discrimination of which they had been unaware or had
denied ... it remains powerful, revealing and moving. * Washington
Black Like Me revealed to white America - and Griffin himself - the indignities, abuse and threat of violence that black people had to put up with on a daily basis. * Black History 365 *
One of the most extraordinary books ever written about relations between the races -- BBC Radio 4's 'The Today Programme'
One of the most remarkable one-man social and psychological experiments in history ... it is worth reading what he wrote - and then reflecting on how far we have come. And how far we have to go. * BBC News *
One of the most fascinating journalistic investigations carried out in the USA ... when Griffin described what he experienced, it awoke a vast section of the American public to what was happening in their country. * Voice *
A brutal record of segregated America ... essential reading * Guardian *
An important, illuminating and fascinating read -- Bernardine Evaristo * The Times *