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“He who is less than just is less than man.” — John Howard Griffin

Black Like Me, by Dallas/Fort Worth native John Howard Griffin, is on the required reading list of high schools throughout the United States. It was published in 1961, was an instant success, and was made into a movie a few years later. Here is a review of the DVD: http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/59958/black-like-me/.

Griffin wrote about his journey through the South as a black man, though he was actually white. He traveled from New Orleans to Atlanta, living as a black man and observing how differently he was treated than if he had showed himself as white. A deep believer in the Catholic faith, he wanted to bring to light the merciless prejudice and discrimination of his time.

Read this article in Smithsonian Magazine to see why the book has remained a popular choice for so long. Original works of this author can be found at The University of Texas Harry Ransom Center in Austin. Because of the rarity of the treasures there, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. People requesting to see the collection need to get video training on how to handle materials before they are allowed to see them.

The Harry Ransom Center is the fourth stop on Texas Trail Part One!

Patricia Smart