DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI - We're Going to the Courthouse! - Jimmy

Author Carlyle Brown
Minneapolis, Minnesota


A gospel play with music, DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI explores the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, as three college students – an African-American man, a white woman and a white man – travel to the dangerous world of Mississippi in 1964 to register Negro voters. Along the way, they discover that they have to change themselves in order to change the world.


Time: 1964                            

Situation: Jimmy, a black college student from New York City, sees with his own eyes how tough it is for his Mississippi brethren, and he is excited to discover that he has a true gift for convincing people to organize and exercise their right to vote.

Subject Matter: Civil Rights, Voters’ Rights, Segregation, Racism, Activism, The American South, Social Justice, History, Love, Transformation

Note from Playwright: My intention is not only to make a little-known history more accessible, but to also generate a conversation between the past and the present, to encourage young people concerned with racism today to consider the personal and political motivations and the struggles of their counterparts a half a century ago.

The Playwright gives you permission to do this scene as a monologue.

Supplemental Information:  DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI was originally commissioned by the Theater Department in the School of Fine Arts and the Center for American and World Cultures, Miami University in Ohio, home of Western Women’s College where Freedom Summer activists were trained in non-violence and made ready to face the dangerous world of Mississippi in 1964. DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI was developed with support from the Playwrights’ Center and the Guthrie Theater.

See Videos below to watch Carlyle Brown talk about the play along with actors sharing their experiences with the story.

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    Full-Length Play
  • Character Age
    Young Adult (18-21), Adult 20-30
  • Character Gender Ident./Sexual Orient.
  • Character Ethnicity
    African/African American
  • Genre
    Drama, Play w/Music, Political Play
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  • Writer Ethnicity
    African/African American
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Hear Carlyle Brown talk about DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI in this video originally made to raise funds for a developmental production of the play in Minneapolis.

Hear Twin Cities Actors’ thoughts on what it means for them to perform DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI.

Hear Twin Cities Performer Mari Harris talk about her experience with the music and story of DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI.

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