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Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
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Nov 19, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 1979

I was born and brought up in Northern Ontario Canada...my mother made us all pancakes & I loved the pic of Aunt Jemima on the syrup...I just wanted to sit on her knee and listen to stories or whatever she would want to tell me...
The 1st time I had occasion to meet or interact with a black person...I was in the ninth grade in high school...this would have been in the late 1950's...I cannot for the life of me remember his name...but this gentleman was our English teacher...he was tall and held himself straight but not rigid...he was gentle of voice and manner...and was so intelligent...fair but stern...he had our respect and admiration...
Then... I remember the civil rights movements...totally unbelievable..
Then... "Roots"....totally unconscionable !!!!
I felt like I had been living on the moon...
I read "Malcolm X" years ago... he has become one of my heroes...a work (of art) in progress...cut down too soon..when asked that question "With whom would you like to have dinner ?"...it would be Malcolm Little / X
I read "Black Like Me" many many years ago.... I think I will read it once more.........am pretty darn sure it will leave me as before....
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