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The Man in Room 306 is a fictional account of the last night in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The story unfolds on the rainy, windswept evening of April 3, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
During these declining years of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King has returned to Memphis to lead a demonstration of striking, Black sanitation workers. This is the second march King will lead in the troubled “River City”. The first ended in violence and the tragic shooting death of a sixteen year old black boy at the hands of white, Memphis police. For an anxious Dr. King the stakes couldn’t be higher; if this next march ends in rioting, it may permanently damage the viability of nonviolence in the civil rights struggle and destroy his credibility as its symbolic leader. It is under these trying circumstances that Dr. King finds himself alone in Room 306, struggling with his past, anxious about his future, and coming to terms with his life.
Audiences are invited into the private world of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to catch a rare glimpse of the iconic figure as a man filled with life and hope, as well as the worries and burdens of his calling.
Written by and starring Craig Alan Edwards, The man in room 306 is an intimate, human portrait of Dr. King; a fictional glimpse into the private moments of history; into the passions and fears of an incredible man during an extraordinary time.
The Man in room 306 is proudly supported by the National Civil Rights Museum.