Black Boy Character Descriptions

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Character Descriptions

Mrs. Bibbs - Like most white characters in the novel, she represents one facet of the oppressive society that makes the assumption that blacks are inherently suited to menial labor.

Mr. Crane - He stands for the liberal whites who are well-meaning, but ultimately too weak to stand up to the prevailing racism of their society.

Ella - A schoolteacher with a "remote and dreamy and silent" manner, Richard is attracted to her mystery, though afraid.

Ella - See Ellen Wilson Wright

Mr. Falk - Richard asks this character if he can use his library card.

Grandpa - See Richard Wilson

Griggs - He is Richard's friend who repeatedly tries to convince Richard to take the "easier" route of conforming to white expectations of black behavior.

Harrison - He is a shop boy who works across the street from Richard.

Mrs. Moss - Richard rents a room...

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