Blues for Mister Charlie
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|Blues for Mister Charlie|
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Blues for Mister Charlie is James Baldwin's second play, a tragedy in three acts. It was first produced and published in 1964. It is dedicated to the memory of Medgar Evers, and his widow and his children, and to the memory of the dead children of Birmingham."
In a small Southern town, a white man murders a black man, then throws his body in the weeds. In the aftermath of Richard Henry's murder, the trial of store owner Lyle Britten gives way to a reflection upon racism in America. The play is loosely based on the Emmett Till murder that occurred in Money, Mississippi, before the Civil Rights Movement began.
"Mister Charlie" is a phrase used by African Americans that refers to the white man.
Meridian Henry, a Negro Minister.
Tom, Ken, Arthur, Juanita, Lorenzo, Pete, all Negro students.
Mother Henry, Meridian Henry’s mother. Lyle Britten, a white storeowner. Jo Britten, Lyle’s wife. Parnell James, editor of the local newspaper. Richard, Meridian Henry’s son. Papa D., owner of a juke joint.
Hazel, Lillian, Susan, Ralph, Ellis, Rev. Phelps, George, all white townspeople.
Counsel for the Bereaved
Congregation of Rev. Henry’s church, Pallbearers, Blacktown, Whitetown
- "Blues for Mister Charlie", Encyclopaedia Britannica.
- New York Times, Theater: 'Blues for Mister Charlie' by Howard Taubman, April 24, 1964 
- Blues for Mister Charlie at stageplays.com
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