Wednesday, September 27, 2006
BBC: Posterity Five
The author of "Black Like Me" was from Texas. He and his family had to flee their hometown after his book was published. And no, he didn't die from the dye he put on his body so he could go undercover as a black man in New Orleans and other parts of the Old South. I read this book when I was about eleven years old. I reread it this summer, and found that it was not quite the adventure I remembered it to be. Griffin in my opinion did not go far enough in his research, in my opinion. But it was a good old "college try," and we keep a copy of his book at the BBC, or somewhere ... maybe somebody's reading it now, but it's in our small collection of banned books.