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By Bill Steigerwald,Juan Williams

In 1948 so much white humans within the North had no concept how unjust and unequal lifestyle was once for the ten million African american citizens dwelling within the South. yet that unexpectedly replaced after Ray Sprigle, a recognized white journalist from Pittsburgh, went undercover and lived as a black guy within the Jim Crow South.

Escorted during the South’s parallel black society through John Wesley Dobbs, a ancient black civil rights pioneer from Atlanta, Sprigle met with sharecroppers, neighborhood black leaders, and households of lynching sufferers. He visited ramshackle black faculties and slept on the houses of wealthy black farmers and doctors.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter’s sequence used to be syndicated coast to coast in white newspapers and carried into the South merely via the Pittsburgh Courier, the country’s top black paper. His brilliant descriptions and undisguised outrage at "the iniquitous Jim Crow method" stunned the North, enraged the South, and ignited the 1st nationwide debate within the media approximately finishing America’s method of apartheid.

Six years earlier than Brown v. Board of Education, seven years prior to the homicide of Emmett until eventually, and 13 years prior to John Howard Griffin’s related scan grew to become the bestseller Black Like Me, Sprigle’s intrepid journalism blasted into the yank awareness the bleak fact of black lives within the South.

Author invoice Steigerwald elevates Sprigle’s groundbreaking exposé to its rightful position one of the seminal occasions of the early Civil Rights movement.

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