There Are No Children Here

by

Alex Kotlowitz

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Perhaps the only person Lafeyette considers a true friend and not a mere “associate,” Craig Davis brings joy and positivity to the Horner community. Characterized by an optimistic trust in his own potential to one day escape the projects, he also believes in strong principles: working hard in school and staying away from gangs. His openness impacts Lafeyette deeply, inspiring to follow Craig’s life path. When Craig is killed because of what appears to be a policeman’s mistake, Lafeyette is grief-stricken and never fully recovers from the trauma of such an unjust death.

Craig Davis Quotes in There Are No Children Here

The There Are No Children Here quotes below are all either spoken by Craig Davis or refer to Craig Davis. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of There Are No Children Here published in 1991.
Chapter 21 Quotes

Pharoah realized that something was terribly wrong. He didn’t want to ask. No one seemed to care about his spelling bee triumph. No one wanted to hear what he had to say. Dutt was weeping. Lafeyette, while he had one ear to the conversation, stared vacantly out the window; he didn’t even congratulate Pharoah. LaJoe tucked Pharoah’s red ribbon into her pocketbook.

Page Number: 203
Explanation and Analysis:

It was not that they wanted the horrible bloodshed. Nor was it that they wanted to rise up in arms against the police again. It was just that they ached for a time when the community had a collective conscience, when neighbors trusted one another and had enough confidence in their own powers of persuasion to demand a better and more peaceful life. Everyone now seemed timid and afraid.

Related Characters: Alex Kotlowitz (speaker), Craig Davis, The Soto Brothers
Page Number: 207
Explanation and Analysis:

Memories for Lafeyette became dangerous. He recalled nothing of Bird Leg’s funeral. He couldn’t remember the names of any of the performers at the talent show. He sometimes had trouble recounting what he had done just the day before in school. Shutting out the past was perhaps the only way he could go forward or at least manage the present. Besides, he knew, nothing could bring Craig back.

Page Number: 209
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Craig Davis Character Timeline in There Are No Children Here

The timeline below shows where the character Craig Davis appears in There Are No Children Here. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
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...what LaJoe calls the “war-zone” summer of 1987, the summer of 1988 begins with hope. Craig Davis, a young man from another housing complex who comes to visit his girlfriend at... (full context)
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Lafeyette particularly admires Craig because Craig listens to Lafeyette’s opinions, treating him as an equal, and has a big... (full context)
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...as he lets his body follow the rhythm of the music. Lafeyette looks up at Craig, whom he idolizes and considers a true friend, not an “associate,” but when Craig smiles... (full context)
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...welfare benefits and, in light of Paul’s recent unemployment, sees her welfare restored. In addition, Craig Davis serves as a positive influence on Lafeyette, someone whom he can look up to... (full context)
Chapter 19
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In the meantime, Lafeyette looks for Craig Davis but doesn’t find him anywhere. He goes to visit the young man a few... (full context)
Chapter 20
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On March 2, Craig Davis visits his girlfriend at Horner and returns to his own housing complex, the ABLA... (full context)
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Craig Davis was arrested a few months earlier for allegedly stealing cookies. He was in a... (full context)
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A newspaper article about this incident later claims that Craig Davis was a member of the Disciples and calls him “a reputed street gang member,”... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...care about it and that everyone seems absent. Dutt, a neighbor and the mother of Craig’s girlfriend, has been crying, and Lafeyette is staring out the window, failing to congratulate Pharoah... (full context)
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Although LaJoe tries to console Dutt, Lafeyette says that Craig’s death is unfair and that he shouldn’t have died, because he was living such a... (full context)
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Unlike Bird Leg’s funeral, Craig Davis’s is organized at a reputed place, the city’s most famous black-owned funeral home and... (full context)
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...silence mirrors the authorities’ silence about what happened, as they have failed to contact Christine, Craig’s mother, to give her explanations about the circumstances of her son’s death. Instead, they’ve continued... (full context)
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During the service, Lafeyette steps out. He cannot keep the image of Craig smiling and waving at him from his turntables out of his mind, and becomes silent,... (full context)
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Barely two days after Craig’s funeral, another friend of Lafeyette’s, Damien Russell (nicknamed Scooter), dies after a police car chased... (full context)
Chapter 22
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It has been a week since Craig Davis’s funeral, and Lafeyette is irritable, often gets angry at his siblings, and cleans the... (full context)
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Although he worries about Lafeyette, Pharoah handles Craig’s death by claiming that he is too young to understand it, thus avoiding the pain... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...her apartment and moves into her mother’s apartment. One day, Lafeyette puts a picture of Craig on his wall, which LaJoe interprets as a good sign, but she is later forced... (full context)
Epilogue
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One year since Craig Davis was shot, the police still refuses to discuss the case, and Christine, Craig’s mother,... (full context)
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...and her boyfriend, Demetrius, have succeeded in receiving an apartment at the ABLA homes, where Craig used to live. The two of them now have five children and, while they still... (full context)
A Note on Reporting Methods
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...be recorded. He has relied on numerous reports and interviews to discuss events such as Craig Davis’s shooting, Jimmie Lee’s life, and the history of Horner and Chicago. (full context)