Black Like Me : 50th Anniversary Edition
On October 28, 1959, John Howard Griffin underwent a transformation that changed many lives beyond his own-he 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 edition-which is based on the original manuscript and includes a new design and added afterword-gives fresh life to what is still considered a "contemporary book." The story that earned respect from civil rights leaders and death threats from many others endures today as one of the great human-and humanitarian-documents 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.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 152 x 229 x 28mm | 566.99g
- 15 Sep 2011
- Wings Press
- San Antonio, TX, United States
- 3rd Revised edition
"An important and classic work, well deserving of this new edition. . . . Essential [for] all public and academic libraries." --Choice "[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 "Some actions are so absolutely simple and right that they amount to genius. Black Like Me was an act of genius." --Cyril Connolly, Sunday Times of London
About John Howard Griffin
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.