Thurgood Marshalls Coming!

6 User Reviews

Length: 2.75 Hours

CLE Credits: 2.5 to 3 Ethics, PR and/or General (Depends on 50 or 60 Min State; Elim of Bias in MN)

Approved in: AK, AZ, CA, ME, MN, MO, MT, NE, NH, NC, OK, OR, PA, TN, UT, VT, WA, WY; CO and NJ via Reciprocity


Written by Anna Marie Thatcher, J.D. and Graham Thatcher, Ph.D.


Winner of the ABA 2005 Silver Gavel Honorable Mention Award in Theatre!


Thurgood Marshall is one of the giant figures in the history of American jurisprudence. As the passionate and embattled civil rights lawyer who acted as the lead attorney for the plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS, he helped win the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legally end racial segregation in the public schools in the United States. He was the first African American to serve as Solicitor General of the United States and became the first African American to serve as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The movie portrays Marshall as an old man as he ruminates and relives past trials and victories and uses Marshall's mastery of language, storytelling and imitation to create a powerful presentation. He is direct without being too rude and he "tells it like it is" without prevarication. His sense of humor and equanimity counteract some of the bitterness he felt in his long journey. His legal arguments and masterful rhetorical style are at once evocative and entertaining. Using Marshall's own writings and reflections, the play explores racism and civil rights and provides an engaging tool to facilitate discussion about these issues, not only in the legal profession, but in society at large.

Produced By:

Periaktos Productions L.L.C.


  • Donald M. Lewis, Halleland, Lewis, Nilan & Johnson (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Marie A. Failinger, Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law (St. Paul, MN)
  • John M. Stuart, Retired State Public Defender (Minneapolis, MN)
  • T. Mychael Rambo
    • T. MYCHAEL RAMBO is an accomplished actor, vocalist, and educator. The recent recipient of a 2008 Regional Emmy Award, T. Mychael has made his mark nationally and abroad. Mr. Rambo has performed with numerous regional theatre companies, Carnegie Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra, as a member of national touring companies and throughout Europe, Africa, and South America. A resident of St. Paul, Minnesota; he has performed locally at the Guthrie Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Mixed Blood and Illusion Theatre to name but a few. As a solo-performer his role in Thurgood Marshall's Coming! was awarded the 2005 ABA Silver Gavel Honorable Mention Award in Theatre. He has also received critical acclaim for other solo performances, most notably for his role as Martin Luther King Jr. in the Mixed Blood Theatre production of “Dr. Kings Dream.” Now his most cherished performance moment proves to be the recent honor bestowed upon him, where he met President Obama and sang the National Anthem during the President's 2009 Health Rally Tour to the Twin Cities. As an actor, Mr. Rambo's film credits include Mighty Ducks, Crossing the Bridge, Grumpy Old Men, The Cure, Equinox, The Wooly Boys and a most recent independent feature film, Justice, which was nominated for a NAACP Image Award. He has appeared in local and national television commercials and programs, including the HBO mini-series "Laurel Avenue," the TV pilot "Endeavor" and the NBC movie of the week She Led Two Lives. As a vocal recording artist, Mr. Rambo has released two CDs, “Simply” (a collection of jazz standards) and "The Gift: A Christmas With Love” (a selection of original and holiday classics.) He is currently in the process of creating a third recording, “Chasing the Sun," songs of inspiration, spirit and healing. Mr. Rambo is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. He is an artist in residence for the Minnesota State Arts Board and serves as artist in residence for several programs in St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN, teaching classes and workshops in improvisation, creative dramatics, theatre, voice and creative writing to students of all ages. His many honors and awards include the 2001 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship and a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Theatre Artists in 1999. He received the 2006 and 2007 Century Council Community Award from his peers at the University of Minnesota for his efforts to engage the community through artistic collaboration. He and his teaching colleague, Anita Ruth, received the 2006 Young Audience Artist of the Year Award. He is a dedicated community volunteer and works closely with many groups, including the African American AIDS Project, African American Family Services, Peace House Foundation, Arm in Arm in Africa and the Urban League. One of his great-aunt's favorite sayings was "Service is the rent due for living on this planet." Mr. Rambo, who views himself a "citizen of the planet," has spent a great deal of his professional life giving back as an arts activist and community organizer - seeking and engaging social change through the mediums of theatre, performance art, spoken word and song. He firmly believes that we are all powerful agents of change. Each of us through our creativity, personal efforts and life force has the power to be and create the change we want to see in the world.

Course Materials

  • CLE Materials/Schedule/Faculty (40 pages)

6 User Reviews

"It was very good except for the chat at the end - need to find another way to manage the interactive portion."
— Anonymous

"thecontent was excellent but sometimes hard to hear. I am a little hard of hearing and the voice went up and down a lot. I watched it with another person and she had a similar experience, though her hearing is better than mine. Would have liked a little more focus on specific cases he handled. But overall, Mychael Rambo did a great job. The discussion at first was better than the Darrow discussion but there were technical problems at the end."
— Anonymous

"I enjoyed the theatrical performance and the panel discussion very much. What a painless way to do CLE! I had no technical problems whatsoever. "
— Anonymous

"Worthy of Four Stars due to the excellent content of the performance segment; the remaining fell short."
— Anonymous

— David C.

"The sound quality was poor. The play was very enjoyable and worth the time to view. The discussion portion at the end added very little - could have done without it."
— Anonymous