My ninth grade English teacher, Ms. Cochrane, introduced me to Griffin's Black Like Me. Even at that age it impressed me deeply. Sobering. Sadly, much of what Griffin encountered and the lessons learned are as applicable today as then.
Griffin's groundbreaking and controversial novel about his experiences as a white man who transforms himself with the aid of medication and dye in order to experience firsthand the life of a black man living in the Deep South in the late 1950s is a mesmerizing, sad tale.