How I Shed My Skin

How I Shed My Skin

Unlearning the Racist Lessons of A Southern Childhood

Book - 2015 | First edition
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"In August of 1966, Jim Grimsley entered the sixth grade in the same public school he had attended for the five previous years in his small eastern North Carolina hometown. But he knew that the first day of this school year was going to be different: for the first time he'd be in a classroom with black children ... Now, over forty years later, Grimsley ... revisits that school and those times, remembering his personal reaction to his first real exposure to black children and to their culture, and his growing awareness of his own mostly unrecognized racist attitudes"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616203764
Branch Call Number: 379.263 G8844H 2015
Characteristics: xii, 275 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 05, 2015

This book, through the eyes of a young man of the times, paints a picture of how the students, not the courts, had to do the work of integrating races in the late '60s. Though slow moving at times, and plagued by the author reminding us over and over of his lacking memory, I found it very interesting and eyeopening. His unique perspective often slaps you in the face. Definitely worth reading.


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