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Jim Lucas

“REFLECTIONS: The Life and Times of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”


Jim Lucas has received critical acclaim across the nation for his stirring and dramatic recitations and interpretive readings depicting the life and times of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

His resemblance to and interpretation of Dr. King has been called remarkable, awe-inspiring, uncanny, and soulful. Former President Clinton praised him as “the most authentic and exhilarating King I have ever seen.”

In August 1983, Lucas attended the 20th anniversary of the March on Washington, which inspired him to learn, and later recite, Dr. King’s speeches. Since then, Lucas has traveled nationwide delivering various renditions of “I Have a Dream” and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” excerpts from “The Drum Major Instinct” and “The Letter from Birmingham Jail,” and other works in his dramatic one-man show.

To this day, he has spoken for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Baptist Convention, and at over 100 colleges and universities around the world. Lucas is currently costarring in the critically acclaimed play The Meeting, a powerful drama about the lives, philosophies, and times of King and Malcolm X.

As a student of the teachings of King, Lucas is an advocate of his philosophy of nonviolent civil action to effect social change.

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Jim Lucas portrait.