Fifty years ago, Ray Sprigle of the Post-Gazette posed as
a black man to experience firsthand what life was like for 10 million people living under
the system of legal segregation known as Jim Crow.
As he wrote in his 21-part series,
"I Was a Negro in the South for 30 Days":
"I quit being white, and free, and an
American citizen when I climbed aboard that Jim Crow coach. . . . From then on, until I
came up out of the South four weeks later, I was black, and in bondage not quite
slavery but not quite freedom, either.