Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Drama and Communications


Drama and Communications

Major Professor

Katrovas, Richard

Second Advisor

Boyden, Joseph

Third Advisor

Morris, Mary


My Kind of Music: Two New Orleans Stories is written in two parts, a fictional story about Mickey, an eleven year old white girl, growing up in New Orleans in 1954 and a non-fictional story of my experience as a teenager in New Orleans in 1959. Part I is Mickey's personal coming of age story influenced by the forbidden music of rhythm and blues. Since Mickey's story is set in the same year of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, it is also a coming of age story of a new social consciousness. Part II is a non-fiction recounting of an integration incident from my own teen years which serves as a fictional element later in Mickey's story when she is a teenager.


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