Issues & Artists Series to Present ‘Keeper of the Dream’ Jim Lucas

January 13, 2015

Program Depicts Words, Life and Times of Martin Luther King Jr. by Acclaimed Actor

Jim Lucas will present what has been described as a “stirring and dramatic” interpretation of the life, times and words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Wilmington College Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.

The event, which is free of charge, is part of the College’s 2014-15 Issues & Artists Series.

Lucas, who has been proclaimed as the “Keeper of the Dream,” is an accomplished actor and recognized expert on the slain American civil rights leader. He recently co-starred in the critically acclaimed play, The Meeting, a powerful drama about the lives and philosophies of King and Malcolm X.

His resemblance to and interpretation of King has been called “remarkable, awe-inspiring, uncanny and soulful.”

A student of the King’s teachings, Lucas is an advocate of “Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolent civil action to effect social change.”

In 1983, Lucas attended the 20th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. It was during that event that Lucas received the inspiration to learn and later recite King’s speeches. Since then, Lucas has traveled nationwide delivering renditions of such MLK classic addresses and writings as “I Have a Dream,” “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” and “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

Lucas has performed his one-man King tribute at more than 100 colleges and universities, as well as in Germany, Japan and Korea, and before an international television audience.