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Soul Sister: The Story of a White Woman Who Turned Herself Black and Went to Live and Work in Harlem and Mississippi

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Grace Halsell changed the color of her skin and sojourned through Black America as a "soul sister."

Few whites have had the guts to embark on such a hazardous adventure. Grace Halsell's ordeal as a black-skinned American is a unique and deeply moving story of what it is really like to be black in a white world. From Harlem to the Mississippi delta, her experiences reveal t

Paperback, 30th Anniversary Edition, 212 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Crossroads International Publishing (first published 1969)
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Autobiographical story of a white woman who "passed" as black in the 1960's. Made a huge impression on me as a kid in northern Iowa! Honest and gripping.
Elliot Ratzman
Halsell was a journalist, travel writer and LBJ speechwriter before she embarked on a series of “immersion journalism” projects. Written in ‘69, Soul Sister is the record of her attempt to reproduce Griffin’s Black Like Me—living as a black woman in Harlem and Mississippi. The premise is promising, but the execution is embarrassing. Her descriptions of Harlem are paranoid, overcooked and condescending. She is constantly referring to herself as a “soul sister”, referring to “we n***ers” without i ...more
I am laughing at the thought of Grace Halsell "tanning" herself. Why? Because I know it to be the honest truth as she stayed with my Grandparents home, with full their full knowledge of what she was trying to accomplish. I also know this to be true because I saw her with my own eyes while visiting my Grandparents in Mississippi. My family would make the trip via car or train from San Francisco to Mississippi (what a contrast in 1968 and even now)to visit family.

I still have the autographed origi
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What's The Name o...: Female version of "Black Like Me" [s] 8 127 Aug 11, 2012 10:56PM  
The daughter of writer Harry H. Halsell, she studied at Texas Tech from 1939 to 1942, at Columbia from 1943 to 1944, at Texas Christian University from 1945 to 1951, and at the Sorbonne (Paris) from 1957 to 1958.

She worked for several newspapers between 1942 and 1965, including the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Washington bureau of the Houston Post. She covered b
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