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Black Like Me
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Directed By
Carl Lerner

Written By:
Carl Lerner, Gerda Lerner

Cast:
James Whitmore, Roscoe Lee Browne, Will Geer, Clifton James, Dan Priest, John Marriott, Walter Mason

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Black Like Me (1964)
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Movie Review by Derringer
June 21st, 2010

AND ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL?

Released in 1964 - BLACK LIKE ME is an intense Drama based on the true-life experiences of a white journalist named JOHN GRIFFIN who, in 1959, passed himself off as a black man in order to fulfill a project obligation financed by Sepia Magazine.

GRIFFIN, from Mansfield, Texas, took large, oral doses of Oxsoralen as a means to darken his skin color.

Once satisfied with his appearance, GRIFFIN then ventured on a 6 week journey, via Greyhound buses (along with some hitch-hiking), through the southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to get a first-hand feel of the "black experience" in the late 1950s.

Throughout his trip John repeatedly encountered harassment and persecution from whites. And regardless of the fact that GRIFFIN had an impressive college degree, he soon found out that only the most menial of jobs were available to him.

Even though some aspects of BLACK LIKE ME are obviously dated, many of its themes still retain their relevance and timeliness today.

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