From Compton To Congress

Walter Tucker pastorwaltertucker3@gmail.com 1455321776187

DRAMA MEMOIR POLITICAL RELIGIOUS

1980s & '90s

Walter R. Tucker III

Logline

The first Black man from Compton elected to Congress is convicted of taking bribes and must forge a new path for himself in the wake of these actions and consequences.

Genre

Drama,Memoir,Political,Religious

Short Summary

When Dr. Walter Tucker II, the first black man reelected mayor in Compton, is suddenly struck down with cancer, his dream to save his city from crime, drugs, and poverty seems dead with him. Enter the unexpected hero, his son, Walter Tucker III, who runs for his seat and becomes the new mayor.


After Walter III has been convicted of bribery, he realizes his life will never be the same. He promises God to serve Him in ministry. After prison, he declares that one day soon he will pastor a church. Years later, we see Walter and his wife pastoring a flourishing church.

Setting

Compton, CA (90s)

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Walter Tucker

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Confident,Leader,Secretive,Sarcastic,Religious

Additional Character Details

Name: Walter Tucker II

Age: 66

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Strong Moral Code,Leader,Religious,Visionary

Additional Character Details

Name: Martha Tucker

Age: 56

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Educated,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Robin Tucker

Age: 29

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Blunt,Outspoken,Strong Moral Code

Development Pitch

Redlining, rising unemployment, poverty, crack cocaine, gang violence -- the place, Compton, California, the time, the 80s! Lives and futures are literally at stake. All hope seems lost. But there is one Compton resident, Walter Tucker II, who decides to dedicate his life to make a difference. He runs for mayor and wins and begins a journey to save his city. Through his first term in office there is slow change, but Compton residents, seeing things are headed in the right direction, make him the first black mayor ever reelected. By his third term, crime is down and business is up, but suddenly, out of the blue, he is stricken down by cancer. Enter the unexpected hero, his son, Walter Tucker III, a young trial lawyer who has aspirations of leaving Compton and becoming rich and famous in his own right. Upon his father’s death, Walter III is captivated by his father's faithfulness to Compton and embraces his legacy. He runs for his father’s seat and wins. Thrown into the dark world of politics as the youngest mayor in Compton’s history at age 33, Walter is enticed by John Macardican, a so-called friend of Walter’s father, to accept bribes to vote for his waste-to-energy plant. After being elected to Congress and then charged by the federal government with receiving bribes when he was mayor, Walter defends the charges against him, but loses his case. His conviction leads him to a deeper insight about his life, his choices and their consequences, and a surprising new path.

About The Author

A native of Compton, California, in the ‘80s Walter Tucker III attended Georgetown Law Center in Washington D.C. and began writing and producing stage plays and musicals. After returning to L.A. and becoming a Christian in 1983, Walter wrote and produced many Gospel albums. After years of practicing law and serving as the mayor and congressman from Compton, Walter became a pastor in Chicago in 2003. In 2012, Walter and his wife, Robin, returned to Los Angeles and founded Truth and Love Christian Church where he has produced several contemporary Christian stage plays. Walter, who is passionate about his faith, is the author of the highly acclaimed autobiography, From Compton To Congress. Now he has written screenplays such as From Compton To Congress and The Christmas Sermon, which he believes will entertain, educate, and inspire many.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Compton, CA, but it is also relatable to the Black American urban experience in general

Publishing Details

Hard Copy Available

No

WGA Number

2088619

Logline

The first Black man from Compton elected to Congress is convicted of taking bribes and must forge a new path for himself in the wake of these actions and consequences.

Short Summary

When Dr. Walter Tucker II, the first black man reelected mayor in Compton, is suddenly struck down with cancer, his dream to save his city from crime, drugs, and poverty seems dead with him. Enter the unexpected hero, his son, Walter Tucker III, who runs for his seat and becomes the new mayor.


After Walter III has been convicted of bribery, he realizes his life will never be the same. He promises God to serve Him in ministry. After prison, he declares that one day soon he will pastor a church. Years later, we see Walter and his wife pastoring a flourishing church.

FEEDBACK

Redlining, rising unemployment, poverty, crack cocaine, gang violence -- the place, Compton, California, the time, the 80s! Lives and futures are literally at stake. All hope seems lost. But there is one Compton resident, Walter Tucker II, who decides to dedicate his life to make a difference. He runs for mayor and wins and begins a journey to save his city. Through his first term in office there is slow change, but Compton residents, seeing things are headed in the right direction, make him the first black mayor ever reelected. By his third term, crime is down and business is up, but suddenly, out of the blue, he is stricken down by cancer. Enter the unexpected hero, his son, Walter Tucker III, a young trial lawyer who has aspirations of leaving Compton and becoming rich and famous in his own right. Upon his father’s death, Walter III is captivated by his father's faithfulness to Compton and embraces his legacy. He runs for his father’s seat and wins. Thrown into the dark world of politics as the youngest mayor in Compton’s history at age 33, Walter is enticed by John Macardican, a so-called friend of Walter’s father, to accept bribes to vote for his waste-to-energy plant. After being elected to Congress and then charged by the federal government with receiving bribes when he was mayor, Walter defends the charges against him, but loses his case. His conviction leads him to a deeper insight about his life, his choices and their consequences, and a surprising new path.

About The Author

A native of Compton, California, in the ‘80s Walter Tucker III attended Georgetown Law Center in Washington D.C. and began writing and producing stage plays and musicals. After returning to L.A. and becoming a Christian in 1983, Walter wrote and produced many Gospel albums. After years of practicing law and serving as the mayor and congressman from Compton, Walter became a pastor in Chicago in 2003. In 2012, Walter and his wife, Robin, returned to Los Angeles and founded Truth and Love Christian Church where he has produced several contemporary Christian stage plays. Walter, who is passionate about his faith, is the author of the highly acclaimed autobiography, From Compton To Congress. Now he has written screenplays such as From Compton To Congress and The Christmas Sermon, which he believes will entertain, educate, and inspire many.

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Characters

Main Character

Name: Walter Tucker

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Confident,Leader,Secretive,Sarcastic,Religious

Character 1

Name: Walter Tucker II

Age: 66

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Strong Moral Code,Leader,Religious,Visionary

Character 2

Name: Martha Tucker

Age: 56

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Educated,Sophisticated

Character 3

Name: Robin Tucker

Age: 29

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Blunt,Outspoken,Strong Moral Code