A Biography Of John Howard Griffin

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ohn Howard Griffin who is widely known for Black Like Me, was born on June 16, 1920 in Dallas Texas to John Walter and Lena Griffin. During his youth he was introduced to music, this lead him to love the subject. At fifteen Griffin left the United States for Tours, France to gain a classical education (GRIFFIN, JOHN HOWARD). There he studied French, Literature as well as Medicine. Griffin interned at the Asylum of Tours. There he tested the effect of music on the criminally insane.
At nineteen Griffin became a medic for the French Resistance. During this time he smuggled Jewish Children to England. When his life was threatened he traveled back to the United States (Griffin, John Howard). He then went on the serve thirty-nine months in the United States Army Air Corps. Due to an injury which rendered him blind, he was sent back to the United States because of this disability.
Griffin lost sight for twelve years (1946-1957). During this time he wrote five novels and started a journal during his blind years(GRIFFIN, JOHN HOWARD). During the time he was blind he converted to Catholicism and married. Griffin believed that when men are blind they can only see the inside of a person, having no real use for knowing what they look like. Because being blind offers you all senses but that of sight, so what you hear will be what others speak. By the way they talk you can then learn their personality and their knowledge. Skin color has nothing to do with what a person is, just what they look like.
In 1959, sometime after he had regain sight he began his experiment. Griffin was curious, wanting to know if what the Whites in the deep south spoke about was true. They said that they judged Negroes personality instead of their skin color (John Howard Griffin). When Griffin had first changed his skin color he had looked into the mirror, with what he saw he realized that he himself was unconsciously racist (Griffin, John Howard).
Griffin first began in the heart of Mississippi. But because of a trial, the air surrounding the place was thick with tension. This made Griffin fearful. As soon as he could he asked for a friends help so that he...

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