Cicero 51

Peter Martin 4500729331866


1940s & '50s

Kepha Peter Martin

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Cicero 1951 a Chicago Transit Authority employee, military veteran and college graduate moves his family to an apartment building and becomes the target of the first world wide televised race riot when over three thousand residents fire bombed and destroyed the building for three days and nights.


Crime,Romance,Historical Fiction

Short Summary

During the riot, black residents were detained and disappeared mysteriously. A newly minted lawyer, sister of one of the victims, engages a local attorney and private investigator to discover the truth and begins a bi-racial romance. Historical fiction, romance & criminal activity by police.

Patterns of racism and abuse emerged prior to the event on the part of local police. Intriguing reference to Jackie Robinson's service with the Black Panther Tank division prior to WWII.


Cicero Illinois

Based on a True Story


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Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Steve Maxwell

Age: 30-35

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Heroic,Educated,Masculine,Sexy,Patriotic,Skillful,Sophisticated,Honorable,Gracious,Confident,Charming,Aggressive

Additional Character Details

Name: Sophie Stillwell

Age: 25-30

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Confident,Engaging,Gracious,Educated,Sophisticated,Seductive,Romantic,Sexy

Additional Character Details

Name: Willis Beauchamp

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Criminal,Masculine,Villainous,Uneducated,Secretive,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Henry Stillwell

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Desperate,Honorable,Underdog,Masculine,Selfless,Outspoken,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic

Development Pitch

This story is based on a historic event that was the first world wide televised race riot in Cicero Illinois in 1951. It began because a Fisk University graduate, military veteran and Chicago Transit Authority black American moved his family into an apartment building which resulted in three thousand white residents surrounded by the entire Cicero police department fire bombing and destroying the building for three days and nights. Any black citizens in the area were rounded up and one disappeared with no trace. The story unfolds when the sister of the victim, Sophie Stillwell, having recently passed the bar, hires local attorney Steven Maxwell to investigate and find the cause. They become involved romantically as a couple in a bi-racial romance that develops as a result of their search for the truth. The back story on the victim Henry Stillwell is that he served in the same unit with Jackie Robinson with the 761st Black Panther Tank division. The intrigue uncovers a relationship between one of the white characters involved in a racial incident Jackie Robinson was a part of while serving with his unit. Much of the story is factual.

About The Author

Kepha Peter Martin is a multifaceted artist, author and musician with over 1300 copyrights listed with ASCAP under Academy of Music Arts, 650+ compositions streaming over 1.5 mil downloads and 7 books in Amazon : Children of the Holocaust / Kill the Sky / Squeeze Play in Brussels / Don't Stop Now / Start Anywhere / Tuffie the Turtle / Gwendolyn Fawn and the Magic Saddle.

Target Audiences

Age: 55+,35-54,18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Civil Rights and Police abuse

Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available



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