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Charles Fuller is a 1 time AALBC.com Bestselling Author

Charles H. Fuller, Jr. is an author and playwright.

Fuller wanted to become a writer after noticing that his high school's library had no books by African American authors. He achieved critical notice in 1969 with The Village: A Party, a drama about racial tensions between a group of mixed-race couples. He later wrote plays for the Henry Street Settlement Theater and the Negro Ensemble Company.

His 1975 play The Brownsville Raid is based on the Brownsville Affair, an altercation between black soldiers and white civilians in Brownsville, Texas, in 1906, which led to an entire black regiment being dishonorably discharged though later pardoned in 1976.

He won an Obie Award for Zooman and The Sign in 1980.

His next work, A Soldier's Play, told the story of a search by a black captain, for the murderer of a black sergeant on a Louisiana army base in 1944. Although the play enjoyed a long run, Fuller has said it never played on Broadway because he refused to drop the last line, "You'll have to get used to Black people being in charge". It won Fuller a Pulitzer in 1982 and was produced in 1984 as a film titled A Soldier's Story, for which Fuller wrote the screenplay. His screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Writers Guild of America Award, and it won an Edgar Award.

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