Sunday, September 20, 2009

Black Like Me

by John Howard Green

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Author John Howard Green, is a researcher studying the plight of the southern black population in 1959. He decides, in order to get a truer idea of what black people experience, to medically dye his skin and live among the black population in New Orleans. The book is his journal during that time.

This book, like Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, tells the travesty of Black and White race relations in America prior to the civil rights movement. It's important to remember and be reminded of where we as a nation have come from and the strides we've made. It's easy for me, having been raised in a mostly color-blind home, to be naive about what things were really like for the African American populace in some parts of America fifty years ago.

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