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Black Like Me

Title

Black Like Me

Publisher

Wings Press

Publication Year

2010

ISBN

9780451234216

Pages

176 pages

Genre

biography

Format

full length

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

The Deep South of the late 1950's was another country: a land of lynchings, segregated lunch counters, whites-only restrooms, and a color line etched in blood across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. White journalist John Howard Griffin, working for the black-owned magazine Sepia, decided to cross that line. Using medication that darkened his skin to deep brown, he exchanged his privileged life as a southern white man for the disenfranchised world of an unemployed black man.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

990L

Topic

Racial Diversity; Race discrimination; racism; prejudice

Main Character

adult male

Race/Ethnicities

Black / White

Awards

Public Library Catalog, Eleventh Edition, 1999; Public Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 1989; Public Library Catalog, Seventh Edition, 1978; Public Library Catalog, Tenth Edition, 1994; Public Library Catalog, Twelfth Edition, 2004; Senior High School Library Catalog, Fifteenth Edition, 1997; Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2002

Keywords

race relations; social commentary; medical skin darkening; Civil Rights Movement; Deep South; journalism; social experiment

Diversity Impact

direct

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