African-American History

What is the plot of the story of Raymond's run by toni cade bambara?


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The story introduces the narrator Squeaky as a young black girl with attitude. As she walks down the street in Harlem with her mentally challenged brother Raymond, the reader learns that Squeaky's main responsibility is to take care of the brother. She guards him continually from going into the street and jumping into the gutters. While she walks, Squeaky prepares for the May Day Race that she has won for several years. In the neighborhood, she is known as "the fastest thing on two feet."

Rising Action

The narrator and her brother come upon her rival Gretchen and Squeaky's former friends. Gretchen, new to the neighborhood, potentially could beat Squeaky. One of the ex-friends begins to tease Raymond; sharp-witted Hazel quickly retaliates and avoids a confrontation with the girls.


Racing envelops Squeaky. The race begins, and the race is over before she knows it. Her body took her past the finish line. Gretchen ran hard as well. Neither girl is sure who won the race.

The announcer comes over the speaker and says that Hazel Parker won, with Gretchen coming in second.

Falling action

Raymond gets Squeaky attention by rattling on the fence like a gorilla in a cage who wants out. She observes him and wonders how good a runner that Raymond would be since he is able to keep up with her when she races. She can always retire from running and coach Raymond.


Gretchen and Hazel see each other after the race. This time they exchange real smiles. Typically, Squeaky ends with the idea that maybe instead of practicing being flowers at the May Pole, they should do something like learn how to be respectful people