The protagonist and the narrator of the book, John Howard Griffin, is a middle aged white man. He lives in Mansfield, Texas in 1959.
Griffin wants to understand what difficulties the blacks face in the United States. He is totally committed to the cause of racial justice. He is quite frustrated because he can’t understand as a white man what the blacks experience.
Eventually, he decides to take a very radical step. He decides to change the color of his skin, and he takes the help of a doctor and undergoes medical treatment. The color of his skin is changed and he temporarily becomes a black man.
Quick Guide: Black Like Me Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Characters Chapter Three: Brief Account Chapter Four: Complete Summary Chapter Five: Critical Commentary