The Theater: Blind Injustice

THE BROWNSVILLE RAID

by CHARLES FULLER

The Negro Ensemble Company has always displayed a remarkable ardor and virtuosity in performance. The caliber of the plays has sometimes lagged behind. In The Brownsville Raid, the company has a grand theme to work with—a harsh miscarriage of justice.

This documentary-styled drama is based on the dishonorable discharge of 167 black infantrymen in 1906 on the orders of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Their assumed crime was a ten-minute shooting spree in Brownsville, Texas during which one person was killed. Extensive research by Author John D Weaver for his...

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