Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Cassie is the first-person narrator of the story. Cassie is an intelligent, outspoken, and self-confident nine year old girl, even when those qualities threaten to get her in trouble for speaking her mind in a white-dominated world. She is mature in regard to her sense of morality but she is naïve. She does not understand the depth and cruelty of the racism around her. Even though Cassie is younger than Stacy, she is constantly making sure he is safe and okay. Cassie dislikes T.J. because of his lying personality and thinks he is a bad influence on Stacy. However she soon learns that even though he is bad person, Stacy still considered him a friend. Since she is black she experiences racism and learns the real dangers of being black in the South in the 1930s.She is witness to the violence and injustice of the South as she becomes aware of lynching, of the curtailment of her father and mother's freedom, and of the severe punishments meted out to blacks accused of wrongdoing. Cassie grows up over the course of the year, learns some sad truths, and experiences the strength and love of her family.
Stacey is Cassie’s older brother. As the oldest child, he bosses his brothers and sister around and is the leader of their small group. He is brave and compassionate, but not always wise. Stacey is best friends with T.J. Avery. Since he is twelve years old he often tries to solve his own problems of his own.Stacey has lessons to learn however, he is sensitive about being teased by older friends and allows T.J. to talk him out of the coat given to him by Uncle Hammer. The coat does not look bad on him, but T.J. wants it for himself. The scolding given to him by Mr. Morrison was worse than any punishment his mother could have inflicted as it accuses him of weakness and of being more foolish than the fool who took advantage of him. Stacey learns quickly, however, and does not make the same mistake when T.J.