Study Guide

Black Like Me Chapter 1

By John Howard Griffin

Chapter 1

October 28, 1959

  • John Howard Griffin has been thinking about this for a while. What would happen if a white guy from the American South suddenly turned into a black guy from the American South?
  • Black people were becoming more and more suicidal, but white people said that everything was going just fantastically. Who's telling the truth? This journalist wants to know.
  • He decides that the only way to know is by becoming a black man himself, so he girds his loins for the crazy adventure that's about to come.