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Out of My Life and
(The Autobiography of) Albert
This is a fascinating account of the early years of one of the
most interesting and heroic human beings of the 20th century. I found
the book so absorbing that I nearly read it in one sitting. How can I
possibly do justice in this brief review to a man, to a life worthy of great
celebration, indeed due immense respect ? Read review
Black Like Me,
by John Howard Griffin
"Rest at pale evening...
A tall slim tree...
Night coming tenderly
Black like me.
from Dream Variation
by Langston Hughes
In 1959, a white man did an unprecedented thing, he re-made
himself into a black man. The social experiment seemed simple enough,
change the color of the skin, and experience society through a 'black man's
eyes.' Griffin sought to live in the deep south of America for a few weeks to
see how white America treated him, and then relate his experiences in
print. The experience was revolutionary not only for Griffin but also for
those who would later discover that the 'black' man they had met was indeed
not black at all.
Posted August 17,
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