Griffin’s conversation with a monk reveal him to be a true follower of Christianity. He is completely against people who interpret the religious belief to suit their own ideas.Griffin r meets young Southern white college instructor whose liberated views of the Negro are in such contradiction to those of his parents and uncles that he no longer went home to visit them. DECEMBER 4, 1959Griffin decides to make people question their views on “different” white people, when asa ‘not so fair’ white he checks into a white luxury hotel. He is treated not just inhospitably, but with suspicion and discourtesy and is even asked to pay in advance fora phone call.Griffin describes the white photographer who joins the author to do a story on Atlanta’s Negro business and civic leaders. The author begins to like him almost immediately after meeting him. Griffin believes that he is a ‘gentleman in every way.’DECEMBER 7, 1959Griffin reminisces about his interactions exceptional Negroes, in an exceptional city like Atlanta. The author is pleasantly surprised interviewing these men with name and fame about their remarkable achievements, in spite of the racists’ powerful hold on both whites and Negroes. Griffin reveals how the Negroes in Atlanta have united in a common goal and purpose. How the city has an enlightened administration and especially a press that is sympathetic to the Negro cause. Looking back to previous locations most newspapers practice the culture of silence about anything remotely favorable to the Negro Atlanta is an exception, a thriving intellectual oasis.Griffin explains the contrast between the situations now with the earlier slave years, when any attempt at literacy among Negroes was severely punished. In some communities a Negro’s right hand was mutilated if he learned to read and write. In spiteof this, Negroes struggled hard for the right to enter the world of education and knowledge.Griffin describes two Negro economists, Negro had to depend on white banks to finance his projects for improvement and development he was at the mercy of the white man. So they founded two banks so that the Negro community could get some economic leverage and could also purchase houses. These Negro leaders were deeply imbued with a sense of responsibility toward their community and so Atlanta has miles and miles of splendid Negro homes, which have destroyed the cliché that whenever Negroesmove into an area the property values go down.The final part of the diary is about faith and hope in the white man in other parts of the globe, like Europe. The author meets a Negro pianist who tells him how in Paris she could attend concerts to her fill, she could walk into any door, and she was a human being first and last and not dismissed as a Negro.
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