Books That Inspire 2006

Black Like Me
John Howar Griffin

This was one of the first books to inspire me. I grew up in northern Canada and only knew about the African-American experience by watching Roots on television. I was moved by the miniseries, but this book allowed me to experience the “hate stare” and feel unwanted. Black Like Me showed me that reading is an active form of learning. It has become my favorite hobby (and the best part of my job). An aside: my adopted sister is Indian and Black Like Me also helped me to understand why her life experiences would always be different from mine.
Kelly Damphousse
Assistant Professor Sociology