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Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

Black Like Me is a history-making book that examines what it is like to be black in the segregated South in the late 1950s. John Howard Griffin, a novelist, embarks on a radical experiment, enduring medical treatment that transforms his white skin to black. What will he discover? Follow Griffin in this fascinating, eye-opening true story that will enrich your understanding of the history of the Jim Crow Era and the Civil Rights Movement. See the attached "Reading Schedule" for due dates. When you have COMPLETED reading Black Like Me, type the answers to the following questions. Make sure you include specific textual support in your responses and be sure to restate the questions. You may wish to take brief notes, or jot down relevant page numbers while you are reading the book. This assignment is due on ________________. 1. In the opening pages of Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin relates to the reader and to his friends the idea of his racial experiment in the Deep South. Find textual evidence (two to three examples) that demonstrate what Griffin and other people thought about this undertaking. Explain why each quote either supports or opposes this idea. 2. Complete the chart (see attached handout) comparing and contrasting Griffin's traits as a white man and as a black man. How did his self-image change throughout his experiment? 3. How was Griffin discriminated against? Be sure to describe at least three specific instances. 4. From a scientific perspective, do you feel Griffin's experiment was valid or flawed? Explain your opinion with specific facts and details. 5. In the epilogue of Black Like Me, Griffin relates the idea that white America and black America have different perceptions of the success of the Civil Rights movement. Find textual evidence (two examples) to prove Griffin's observation. Explain why each quote supports this idea. 6. Assess the validity of the following statement. Griffin writes in Black Like Me, "By keeping `peaceful' in this instance, we end up consenting to the destruction of all peacefor so long as we condone injustice by a small but powerful group, we condone the destruction of all social stability..." (April 11). 7. How did reading this book enhance your understanding of the race situation in America during the 1950s and 1960s? 8. Pick out a quote that was the most meaningful or intriguing to you and bring it to class the day of our discussion. Be prepared to discuss why you chose that particular passage and why it impacted you.

Black Like Me

Reading Schedule: The following is your reading schedule for Black Like Me. It is important that you adhere to this timeline because there will be periodic quizzes to check your understanding of the material. We will be using this book as part of our Civil Rights Movement unit. Week: May 4th ­ May 10th May 11th ­ May 17th May 18th ­ 24th May 25th ­ May 29th Pages:___ 7 - 41 42 - 99 99 - 144 145 - 192

June 1st ­ Questions are due *This schedule is equivalent to reading about 8 pages per night. It is a very thoughtprovoking book! Enjoy!

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