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John Howard Griffin

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John Howard Griffin

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Perspective and Narrator

Black Like Me is written in the first person by the Caucasian author, John Howard Griffin, as he relates his experiences living as a black man.


Black Like Me is written mostly in the past tense, particularly when Griffin is recounting events and experiences. When he speaks more philosophically about issues of the times, he tends to do so in the present tense.

About the Title

"Black like me" is the last line of the poem "Dream Variations" by the African American poet Langston Hughes. Griffin uses the last four lines of the poem as an epigraph as well: "Rest at pale evening ... / A tall, slim tree ... / Night coming tenderly / Black like me." The use of Hughes's lines is suggestive both of a region divided by race and the idea that the social understanding of race is not an objective truth.


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