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This 1950 play by Alice Childress takes place in a train station waiting room in a very small town in the south The play describes how Miss Whitney an old black woman discovers that her premonition of the success of her daughter Florence as a black actress is undesirably similar to that of a racist white society This troubling discovery has just as strong an impact on the reader as it does on Miss Whitney This drama teaches the reader how the views and opinions of individuals or groups can influence other individuals or groups although their views and opinions may be opposite to approach situations with the same reaction Marge Miss Whitneys other daughter first introduces this frame of mind to as she accompanies Miss Whitney at the train station They sit in the colored section of the train station while Miss Whitney awaits a train to Harlem to convince Florence to come back home to the south Florence fled to Harlem with ambition of being an actress After she calls home to ask for money Marge is convinced that Florence will fail because she is a black woman attempting to make it in a business dominated by whites in a racially segregated society Although Miss Whitney seems to have a little bit more faith in Florence she still wants convince Florence to come back home They even have a check ready to pay for her trip home which is causing them to be late on their rent This reveals to us that they are willing to sacrifice a little in order to prevent Florence from possibly failing in her quest for success As Marge speaks to Her mother she reveals her mentality in regards to Florences situation She aint gonna get rich up there and we cant afford to do for her She got notions a Negro woman dont need She must think shes white Childress 1320 Her mother expresses a bit more
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