John Howard Griffin, the author and main character of Black Like Me, is a middle-aged white man living in Mansfield, Texas in 1959.Deeply committed to the cause of racial justice and frustrated by his inability as a white man to understand the black experience, Griffin decides to take a radical step: he decides to undergo medical treatment to change the color of his skin and temporarily become a black man.
In Atlanta, Griffin conducts a long series of interviews with black leaders before returning to New Orleans to make a photographic record of his time there.
He then goes off his medication entirely, permanently returning his skin color to white.
In Montgomery, however, the black community is charged with determination and energy by the example of one of its leaders, a preacher named Marin Luther King, Jr.
Blacks in Montgomery have begun practicing passive resistance, a nonviolent form of refusing to comply with racist laws and rules.
He took several medical treatments to change his skin pigments from white to black in order to write a report.
To create a successful project, Griffin had to leave his wife to be a temporary African American.
Black Like Me Skin Color What is the value of skin color?
In the biological point of view, it is worth nothing.
It is impossible to find a job, or even a restroom that blacks are allowed to use.
Clerks refuse to cash his checks, and a white bully nearly attacks him before he chases the man away.