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Black Like Me (1964)

Based on the true story of a white reporter who, at the height of the civil-rights movement, temporarily darkened his skin so that he could experience the realities of a black man's life in the segregated South.

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John Finley Horton
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Christopher
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Thomas Newcomb
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Ed Saunders
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Eli Carr
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Hodges
Thelma Oliver ...
Georgie
Lenka Peterson ...
Lucy Horton (as Lenka Petersen)
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Frank Newcomb (as P.J. Sidney)
Billie Allen ...
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Alan Bergmann ...
Charles Maynard
Stanley Brock ...
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Black Like Me is the true account of John Griffin's experiences when he passed as a black man. John Horton takes treatments to darken his skin and leaves his home in Texas to travel throughout the South. At one stop, Horton encounters a black shoe shine man, Burt Wilson, who befriends him and shows him how to "act right" so that he can fit more easily into the African American culture. It is through Wilson that Horton learns the art of shining shoes. Most of his encounters with whites are quite degrading and disturb him. As a hitchhiker, John meets several white men who refer to black men and women in disparaging ways which angers John. Throughout the movie, John is harassed and persecuted by whites without reason. In one of his many stops throughout the South, John finds himself on a park bench sitting by a white woman. A white man walks by and says, "You'd better find another place to sit." Even though he had a college degree, menial jobs were all that he could find. John meets ... Written by Broncine G. Carter

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"I changed the color of my skin... now I know what it feels like to be BLACK!" See more »

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20 May 1964 (USA)  »

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Referenced in Hearts Afire: Fat Like Me (1994) See more »

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8 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

the person who said that this book is an example of reverse racism probably didn't even read this book. In fact this book shows himself, a white man, as a person who is not racist at all. There are also friends that he meets that are not racist and are white. The person clearly didn't read the book who made this comment. Anyways its a great movie from this book and the movie doesn't portray the white man as being evil and racist, just a history of the south at that time, especially since the narrator is white!! Anyways i suggest that you go out of your way and rent this movie or rent this book because it is indeed an "EYE OPENING" movie! Don't be fooled but what other people who have claimed to have seen this movie and/or seen this book say about it. trust me on this on guys.....

But i do suggest reading the book before seeing the movie because the book is a bit better than the movie, typical though.


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