Black Like Me

Black Like Me


Foreword by Studs Terkel, By (author) John Howard Griffin, Other Robert Bonazzi

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  • Publisher: Wings Press
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 211mm x 23mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: San Antonio, TX
  • ISBN 10: 0916727688
  • ISBN 13: 9780916727680
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 491,334

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On October 28, 1959, John Howard Griffin underwent a transformation that changed many lives beyond his ownuhe made his skin black and traveled through the segregated Deep South. His odyssey of discovery was captured in journal entries, arguably the single most important documentation of 20th-century American racism ever written. More than 50 years later, this newly edited editionuwhich is based on the original manuscript and includes a new design and added afterwordugives fresh life to what is still considered a ocontemporary book.o The story that earned respect from civil rights leaders and death threats from many others endures today as one of the great humanuand humanitarianudocuments of the era. In this new century, when terrorism is too often defined in terms of a single ethnic designation or religion, and the first black president of the United States is subject to hateful slurs, this record serves as a reminder that America has been blinded by fear and racial intolerance before. This is the story of a man who opened his eyes and helped an entire nation to do likewise.

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Author information

John Howard Griffin was a musicologist who served, and was injured, in the Air Force during World War II. Blind for a decade, Griffin became an acclaimed novelist and essayist and when his sight returned, almost miraculously, he became a remarkable portrait photographer. Following his cross-racial exploration in the South, he was personally vilified, hanged in effigy in his hometown, threatened with death, and severely beaten by the Klu Klux Klan. Respected internationally as a human rights activist, he worked with major Civil Rights leaders throughout the era, taught at the University of Peace, and delivered more than a 1,200 lectures in America and abroad. He is the author of The Devil Rides Outside and posthumous works such as Prison of Culture: Beyond Black Like Me. Robert Bonazzi is a widely published writer and the author of Living the Borrowed Life, Maestro of Solitude: Poems and Poetics, and The Scribbling Cure: Poems and Prose Poems. He is the literary executor for the estate of John Howard Griffin. He lives in San Antonio, Texas. Studs Terkel was a cultural commentator, columnist, interviewer, and author of many books on American history and culture, including Touch and Go: A Memoir and The Studs Terkel Reader: My American Century.

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"["Black Like Me's"] moral power has not diminished with time. It still has things to teach us about the past and the present." --Don Graham, "Texas Monthly"