First Advisor

Robert W. Vogelsang

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech Communication


Speech Communication




Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) -- Drama, African Americans -- Biography, Civil rights workers -- United States -- Biography



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1 online resource (140 p.)


The objective of this thesis is to create a broad perspective of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his times by placing him and his goal of creating the "beloved community" to the test of his environment: the feeling and behavior of those people whose hearts and habits he struggled to change or direct.

In order to achieve this, this multi-media script, based in history, places King in contrasting settings. Act I finds King in Montgomery where with a great deal of support he wins over vocal southern segregationists in court. In contrast, Act II takes place in the Lawndale slums of Chicago where King finds sparse support and an elusive northern power structure.

Each scene can be described in terms of stresses Martin Luther King, Jr. or those whose lives he touched face.

Since this work is a thesis and not solely a play, extensive references are provided so that the reader may distinguish the historical basis of' the thesis from the author's use of dramatic license. For easy and necessary reference a page of footnotes follows each page of script.


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