Warriors Don’t Cry


Melba Beals

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Melba’s great-uncle who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, Julie, a music teacher. Uncle Clancey is an Episcopalian priest. Melba goes north with her Mother Lois, Grandma India, and Conrad to visit them. Melba envies the freedom that her aunt and uncle have and is surprised when their white neighbors interact with her and invite her to dinner. She is also pleased to go with Uncle Clancey to dinner at “a fancy restaurant” where the white waiters are courteous. Melba plans to “beg and plead” with her uncle to let her move in with him and her aunt while she finishes high school.
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Uncle Clancey Character Timeline in Warriors Don’t Cry

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Chapter 2 
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...to go to Cincinnati, Ohio with Mother Lois, Grandma India, and Conrad to visit her Uncle Clancey . Melba regards Cincinnati as “the promised land” due to the feeling of freedom she... (full context)