*** How I Shed My Skin by Jim Grimsley

We have read stories of school integration from the point of view of African-American children, but I do not recall any from the point of view of the white children who, like the author, were raised hearing that African-American were different and inferior, but come to school one September morning to find that their classmates now include many African-American children (and that many of their wealthier white friends have been pulled out of the public schools). How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood tells the author’s bumpy move from ignorance to friendship, exposing his ugly moments as well as some pretty fantastic teachers and principals who kept the whole enterprise going. I loved it.


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