John Howard Griffin

American journalist & race activist

1920   -   1980

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: University of Poitiers, R. L. Paschal High School, Lycée Descartes
occupation: journalist, novelist, autobiographer, writer, human rights activist
award received: Pacem in Terris Award, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

John Howard Griffin (June 16, 1920 – September 9, 1980) was an American journalist and author from Texas who wrote about racial equality. He is best known for his project to temporarily pass as a black man and journey through the Deep South of 1959 to see life and segregation from the other side of the color line. He first published a series of articles on his experience in Sepia Magazine, which had underwritten the project. He published a fuller account in a book Black Like Me (1961). This was later adapted as a 1964 film of the same name. A 50th anniversary edition of the book was published in 2011 by Wings Press.
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Black Like Me

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