Black Like Me

by

John Howard Griffin

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The owner of Sepia magazine, whom Griffin turns to for support for his project. When Griffin first tells him about his plan to pose as a black man in the South, Levitan (who is white) tries to dissuade him from going through with the idea, knowing it will only invite venomous hatred and scorn from racists. Concerned that his friend will be putting himself in grave danger, he urges Griffin to fully consider the implications and effects of his experiment. At the same time, though, Levitan agrees it’s a good idea. As such, he decides to pay for Griffin’s expenses if Griffin writes a handful of stories about the experience for the magazine.
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George Levitan Character Timeline in Black Like Me

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October 29, 1959
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...a black man, Griffin drives to Fort Worth, Texas and meets with his friend George Levitan, the owner of Sepia magazine, which is popular amongst African Americans. Levitan is a kind... (full context)
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Griffin and Levitan agree that Sepia will pay for all of Griffin’s expenses in return for a handful... (full context)
October 30, 1959
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Griffin has lunch with Adelle Jackson and George Levitan, plus three Dallas FBI officers, since he wants them to be aware of the project... (full context)
January 2, 1960
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At an editorial meeting, George Levitan tells Griffin that he’ll only publish his story if he “insist[s].” “It’ll cause trouble. We... (full context)