Today’s Birthday: JOHN HOWARD GRIFFIN (1920)

 

John Howard Griffin (1920)

 

Little Rock, 1959. Rally at state capitol, pro...

Little Rock, 1959. Rally at state capitol, protesting the integration of Central High School. Protesters carry US flags and signs reading “Race Mixing is Communism” and “Stop the Race Mixing March of the Anti-Christ”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Griffin was an American author who darkened his white skin with medication and sunlamps in order to experience the racial segregation of the southern US. He described his experiences in his

 

Tanning beds substantially raise risks of skin...

Tanning beds substantially raise risks of skin cancer, including melanoma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

controversial 1961 book Black Like Me, which details his interactions with others—both white and black—and the problems he encountered while traveling and attempting to meet basic needs. It is often recounted that Griffin died from skin cancer resulting from his efforts to darken his skin. Is it true? More…

 

English: Jim Crow Painted rock on a stone beac...

English: Jim Crow Painted rock on a stone beach, Hunter’s Quay. The name was originally given to racial segregation laws in the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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