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Blues for Mister Charlie
Blues for Mister Charlie , tragedy in three acts by James Baldwin , produced and published in A denunciation of racial bigotry and hatred, the play was based on a murder trial that took place in Mississippi in The story concerns Richard Henry, a black man who returns to the Southern town of his birth to begin a new life and recover from drug addiction. Racism scars both black and white members of the community who attempt to intervene. Blues for Mister Charlie.
Blues for Mister Charlie is James Baldwin 's second play, a social commentary drama in three acts. It was first produced and published in Act I opens up with the Reverend Meridian Henry coaching negro students through their lines. They are interrupted by Parnell James, who brings them the news that Lyle Britten will be arrested for the murder of Richard Henry. When he leaves to inform Britten about his future arrest, the students talk amongst themselves about the struggles they face as black people. The scene shifts to Lyle and his wife, Jo Britten, in their store. His wife brings up the death of Richard, fearful that her husband may go to jail because of a past transgression he had with another black man who died as a result of the confrontation.
Blues for Mister Charlie
The events that led up to the killing are presented as flashbacks in the subsequent trial. The victim is Richard Henry, the son of a black minister, Meridian Henry. Richard has recently returned to the South from New York, where he succumbed to drugs, and is now leading a non-violent civil rights movement however, we see his father hiding Richard's gun under a Bible. Lyle Britten, a white bigot who owns the local general store, is tried for Richard's murder. Richard's grandmother Mother Henry lies to protect Richard's reputation, and when Meridian speaks out for his son, he is branded a communist agitator. Only Parnell James, the liberal newspaper editor, is not caught up in the racial polarization in the community. He supports racial equality and has black friends.
Look Inside. Apr 25, ISBN Sep 17, ISBN In a small Southern town, a white man murders a black man, then throws his body in the weeds. With this act of violence—which is loosely based on the notorious killing of Emmett Till—James Baldwin launches an unsparing and at times agonizing probe of the wounds of race. For where once a white storekeeper could have shot a "boy" like Richard Henry with impunity, times have changed. And centuries of brutality and fear, patronage and contempt, are about to erupt in a moment of truth as devastating as a shotgun blast.