Study Guide

Black Like Me Chapter 23

By John Howard Griffin

Chapter 23

December 7, 1959

  • Griffin is assigned to interview some leaders of the black community, and they make him feel better about the state of black people in the South. There's a lot of information in this section about what makes Atlanta different from the rest of the South, so you should definitely read this for yourself.
  • Here are the highlights: Atlanta has better leadership, newspapers that are willing to stand up for justice, people attempting to be educated, financial aid for black people, and a ton of successful black people who feel responsibility toward their communities.
  • In other words, Griffin depicts Atlanta as a black utopia, or at least on its way there.
  • The chapter ends with Griffin and his photographer on their way to New Orleans to take pictures for this article about being a black man.