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PULL QUOTE: Black Like Me made Griffin an immediate expert and spokesman on race, with the support of civil rights stalwarts. But his pioneering effort also foreshadowed an ongoing debate about the right of white Americans to tell black people’s stories.

Black Like Me?

by Imani K. Evans

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin, a white man from Mansfield, Texas, who gained international fame for being black for six weeks. I have been a black man for 35 years, born 15 years after the publication of a book that first made its mark during the civil rights movement.

Josh Rosenblatt writes about film from New York City.