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Black Like Me

posted by Robert Gelinas

Black_like_meI’m re-reading Black Like Me.  Years have passed since I first followed John Howard Griffin’s amazing journey of a white man living as a black man in the Deep South in the late 1950’s.  If you don’t know the story, Griffin, decided to discover for himself what it was actually like to live as a black man in America.  With the aid of medication and sun lamps he darkened his skin, shaved his head and set out on a spectacular journey into the land of lynchings, segregation and oppression.

Griffin offers us a tale of courage, honesty and cruelty from a perspective that most can only imagine-it is a challenging model for living out the incarnation. 

Griffin was able to speak to the problem of race in America because he was willing to become one with the oppressed in order to speak prophetically on their behalf.

I admire this man and am challenged by him because he became, "Black Like Me."



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angevoix

posted June 15, 2006 at 9:26 am


Oddly enough I have never read this book. I think I will check it out.



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jamey johnson

posted June 16, 2006 at 11:16 am


great book – more white folks need to read this book – i did see the series they did on t.v. that was a similarity to the book.



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Ted Gossard

posted July 26, 2006 at 12:56 am


Yes. A powerful book. I read it many years ago, and I certainly would benefit from rereading it. A great book for the likes of me, especially years ago (probably late 60’s or so), insulated and isolated as we were.
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