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The Constitution with Rosdely Ciprian & Thursday Williams | Black America

October 15, 2019


♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪>>HELLO AND THANK YOU FOR>>HELLO AND THANK YOU FOR
JOINING US TODAY. JOINING US TODAY.
I AM CAROL JENKINS. I AM CAROL JENKINS.
THE PROGRAM IS “BLACK AMERICA.” THE PROGRAM IS “BLACK AMERICA.”
WE ARE JOINED BY TWO YOUNG WE ARE JOINED BY TWO YOUNG
ACTORS FROM “WHAT THE ACTORS FROM “WHAT THE
CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME,” CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME,”
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY HEIDI WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY HEIDI
SCHRECK. SCHRECK.
YOU CAN TELL I’M A FAN. YOU CAN TELL I’M A FAN.
DIRECTED BY OLIVER BUTLER. DIRECTED BY OLIVER BUTLER.
THURSDAY WILLIAMS IS A HIGH THURSDAY WILLIAMS IS A HIGH
SCHOOL SENIOR AND ROSDELY SCHOOL SENIOR AND ROSDELY
CIPRIAN IS A FRESHMAN IN CIPRIAN IS A FRESHMAN IN
HIGH SCHOOL. HIGH SCHOOL.
THEY ARE COLLECTING RAVE THEY ARE COLLECTING RAVE
REVIEWS. REVIEWS.
THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US
TODAY. TODAY.
>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.
>>I SAW YOU WHEN I CAME TO>>I SAW YOU WHEN I CAME TO
THE SHOW ON A MATINEE. THE SHOW ON A MATINEE.
WE WERE BACKSTAGE. WE WERE BACKSTAGE.
I WAS STALKING YOU GUYS AND I I WAS STALKING YOU GUYS AND I
GOT AN AUTOGRAPH, AND FOLLOWING GOT AN AUTOGRAPH, AND FOLLOWING
YOU ON TWITTER. YOU ON TWITTER.
THIS WONDERFUL PLAY THAT I THINK THIS WONDERFUL PLAY THAT I THINK
WILL RUN FOREVER. WILL RUN FOREVER.
WHO WOULD IMAGINE IT TALKS ABOUT WHO WOULD IMAGINE IT TALKS ABOUT
THE CONSTITUTION? THE CONSTITUTION?
TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELVES IN THE TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELVES IN THE
WAY WE USUALLY PHRASE THIS WAY WE USUALLY PHRASE THIS
QUESTION IS PLACE YOURSELF IN QUESTION IS PLACE YOURSELF IN
BLACK AMERICA. BLACK AMERICA.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR STORY. WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR STORY.
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP AND WHO WHERE DID YOU GROW UP AND WHO
WERE THE MAJOR INFLUENCES IN WERE THE MAJOR INFLUENCES IN
YOUR LIVES? YOUR LIVES?
THURSDAY, DO YOU WANT TO START? THURSDAY, DO YOU WANT TO START?
>>I WAS BORN IN JAMAICA, THE>>I WAS BORN IN JAMAICA, THE
ISLAND. ISLAND.
I CAME TO THE UNITED STATES OF I CAME TO THE UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA AT AGE 9. AMERICA AT AGE 9.
I LIVED IN JAMAICA, QUEENS. I LIVED IN JAMAICA, QUEENS.
>>SO DID I.>>SO DID I.
MY HUSBAND WAS JAMAICAN. MY HUSBAND WAS JAMAICAN.
YOU STARTED DEBATING AT A VERY YOU STARTED DEBATING AT A VERY
EARLY AGE. EARLY AGE.
>>IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL IT IS>>IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL IT IS
FAIR TO SAY I WAS PRETTY LOST. FAIR TO SAY I WAS PRETTY LOST.
I DON‘T FEEL LIKE — I LOOK BACK I DON‘T FEEL LIKE — I LOOK BACK
THE REPORT CARDS AND, WHAT THE REPORT CARDS AND, WHAT
HAPPENED? HAPPENED?
ONE DAY, MY GUIDANCE COUNSELOR ONE DAY, MY GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
SAID YOU LIKE LAW, RIGHT? SAID YOU LIKE LAW, RIGHT?
SHE MADE ME SIGN UP FOR THE SHE MADE ME SIGN UP FOR THE
LEGAL OUTREACH PROGRAM. LEGAL OUTREACH PROGRAM.
I STUDIED AT ST. JOHN‘S LAW I STUDIED AT ST. JOHN‘S LAW
SCHOOL FOR THIS PROGRAM FOR FIVE SCHOOL FOR THIS PROGRAM FOR FIVE
WEEKS AND ENDED UP DOING A MOCK WEEKS AND ENDED UP DOING A MOCK
TRIAL FOR THE FIRST TIME AND TRIAL FOR THE FIRST TIME AND
WINNING THE MOCK TRIAL AT WINNING THE MOCK TRIAL AT
THURGOOD MARSHALL COURTHOUSE. THURGOOD MARSHALL COURTHOUSE.
>>AND FROM THEN –>>AND FROM THEN —
>>I CAN WIN?>>I CAN WIN?
LET START SPEAKING OUT MORE. LET START SPEAKING OUT MORE.
I STARTED DEBATING THROUGH THE I STARTED DEBATING THROUGH THE
LEGAL OUTREACH PROGRAM AGAIN MY LEGAL OUTREACH PROGRAM AGAIN MY
SOPHOMORE YEAR. SOPHOMORE YEAR.
I BEGAN DEBATING AT NYU LAW I BEGAN DEBATING AT NYU LAW
SCHOOL. SCHOOL.
IT IS FUNNY BECAUSE ALL THREE IT IS FUNNY BECAUSE ALL THREE
DEBATES THAT YEAR I DID NOT WIN, DEBATES THAT YEAR I DID NOT WIN,
NOT ONE. NOT ONE.
WHICH WAS VERY DISCOURAGING. WHICH WAS VERY DISCOURAGING.
>>BUT YOU PERSISTED.>>BUT YOU PERSISTED.
>>I DID NOT STOP.>>I DID NOT STOP.
MY JUNIOR YEAR, I FINALLY WON MY JUNIOR YEAR, I FINALLY WON
THE LAST DEBATE AND MADE IT TO THE LAST DEBATE AND MADE IT TO
THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT THURGOOD THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT THURGOOD
MARSHALL COURTHOUSE. MARSHALL COURTHOUSE.
>>YOU WILL FIND OUT WHY WE>>YOU WILL FIND OUT WHY WE
ARE ASKING THESE QUESTIONS ABOUT ARE ASKING THESE QUESTIONS ABOUT
DEBATING BECAUSE THAT IS REALLY DEBATING BECAUSE THAT IS REALLY
WHAT THE SHOW IS A LOT ABOUT, IN WHAT THE SHOW IS A LOT ABOUT, IN
ADDITION TO THE CONSTITUTION, ADDITION TO THE CONSTITUTION,
IT‘S DEBATING. IT‘S DEBATING.
TELL US WHAT YOUR EXPERIENCE TELL US WHAT YOUR EXPERIENCE
WAS. WAS.
YOU STARTED DEBATING WHEN? YOU STARTED DEBATING WHEN?
>>THE SECOND SEMESTER OF>>THE SECOND SEMESTER OF
SIXTH-GRADE. SIXTH-GRADE.
MY FRIEND WAS ON THE DEBATE MY FRIEND WAS ON THE DEBATE
TEAM. TEAM.
I JUST FINISHED DOING NATIONAL I JUST FINISHED DOING NATIONAL
HOCKEY LEAGUE WITH GARDEN OF HOCKEY LEAGUE WITH GARDEN OF
DREAMS IN NEW YORK CITY. DREAMS IN NEW YORK CITY.
I WAS LIKE, I‘M LOOKING FOR I WAS LIKE, I‘M LOOKING FOR
SOMETHING TO DO AFTER SCHOOL SO SOMETHING TO DO AFTER SCHOOL SO
WHY NOT. WHY NOT.
AT FIRST I WAS TERRIBLE. AT FIRST I WAS TERRIBLE.
THEN I GOT BETTER AND BETTER AND THEN I GOT BETTER AND BETTER AND
BETTER. BETTER.
AT THE SAME TIME I LIKED ACTING AT THE SAME TIME I LIKED ACTING
SO I WAS INVOLVED IN THE SCHOOL SO I WAS INVOLVED IN THE SCHOOL
PLAY. PLAY.
I WAS INVOLVED WITH DEBATING AT I WAS INVOLVED WITH DEBATING AT
THE SAME TIME. THE SAME TIME.
SINCE MY DEBATE COACH KNEW I WAS SINCE MY DEBATE COACH KNEW I WAS
KIND OF A THEATER KID, HE KIND OF A THEATER KID, HE
RECOMMENDED ME. RECOMMENDED ME.
>>TO AUDITION?>>TO AUDITION?
>>I WENT.>>I WENT.
>>YOU BOTH AUDITIONED AND>>YOU BOTH AUDITIONED AND
BOTH GOT CALLED BACK. BOTH GOT CALLED BACK.
I KNOW THAT YOU STARTED WHEN YOU I KNOW THAT YOU STARTED WHEN YOU
WERE 12 YEARS OLD. WERE 12 YEARS OLD.
YOU WERE DOING THE PLAY WITH YOU WERE DOING THE PLAY WITH
HEIDI BEFORE IT CAME TO HEIDI BEFORE IT CAME TO
BROADWAY. BROADWAY.
YOU WERE LIKE A 12-YEAR-OLD KID YOU WERE LIKE A 12-YEAR-OLD KID
IN THIS MAJOR PLAY. IN THIS MAJOR PLAY.
LET‘S STOP AND TALK ABOUT THE LET‘S STOP AND TALK ABOUT THE
PLAY. PLAY.
“WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO “WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO
ME” IS HEIDI SCHRECK‘S LIFE ME” IS HEIDI SCHRECK‘S LIFE
STORY. STORY.
SHE ENTERED INTO A DEBATE SHE ENTERED INTO A DEBATE
CONTEST TO WIN MONEY TO GO TO CONTEST TO WIN MONEY TO GO TO
COLLEGE AND MANAGED TO PAY FOR COLLEGE AND MANAGED TO PAY FOR
HER ENTIRE COLLEGE EDUCATION. HER ENTIRE COLLEGE EDUCATION.
WHAT DID SHE DISCOVER ABOUT THE WHAT DID SHE DISCOVER ABOUT THE
CONSTITUTION? CONSTITUTION?
IT WAS NOT EXACTLY KIND. IT WAS NOT EXACTLY KIND.
THE WOMEN WERE ABUSED. THE WOMEN WERE ABUSED.
THIS DOCUMENT THAT IS REALLY THE THIS DOCUMENT THAT IS REALLY THE
RULEBOOK FOR THE WAY WE LIVE IN RULEBOOK FOR THE WAY WE LIVE IN
THIS COUNTRY DOES NOT THIS COUNTRY DOES NOT
INCLUDE — I‘M INCLUDE — I‘M
A BIG FAN OF ADDING AN AMENDMENT A BIG FAN OF ADDING AN AMENDMENT
CALLED THE EQUAL RIGHTS CALLED THE EQUAL RIGHTS
AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD PUT SOME AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD PUT SOME
— YOU DO SOME OF THAT AFTER. — YOU DO SOME OF THAT AFTER.
AFTER HEIDI GOES THROUGH HER AFTER HEIDI GOES THROUGH HER
WHOLE STORY, AT THE END YOU COME WHOLE STORY, AT THE END YOU COME
ON, ALTERNATING. ON, ALTERNATING.
TELL ME HOW THAT WORKS, THE TELL ME HOW THAT WORKS, THE
ALTERNATING OF THE SHOWS. ALTERNATING OF THE SHOWS.
WHICH SHOWS DO YOU DO? WHICH SHOWS DO YOU DO?
>>I PERFORM ON WEDNESDAYS,>>I PERFORM ON WEDNESDAYS,
FRIDAYS AND TWO TIMES ON FRIDAYS AND TWO TIMES ON
SUNDAYS. SUNDAYS.
THE SHOW IS BASICALLY THE SAME. THE SHOW IS BASICALLY THE SAME.
WE ONLY SWITCH SIDES. WE ONLY SWITCH SIDES.
SOMETIMES I DO PROPOSITION AND SOMETIMES I DO PROPOSITION AND
OPPOSITION. OPPOSITION.
I PICKED THE OPPOSITION FOR I PICKED THE OPPOSITION FOR
RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW.
>>I DO TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND>>I DO TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND
SATURDAYS. SATURDAYS.
I DO TWO SHOWS ON SATURDAYS. I DO TWO SHOWS ON SATURDAYS.
>>I HEAR YOU ARE BOTH DOING>>I HEAR YOU ARE BOTH DOING
WELL IN SCHOOL SO THAT IS WELL IN SCHOOL SO THAT IS
AMAZING. AMAZING.
HEIDI TELLS HER STORY IN THE HEIDI TELLS HER STORY IN THE
FIRST PART OF THE SHOW. FIRST PART OF THE SHOW.
AT THE VERY END THESE YOUNG AT THE VERY END THESE YOUNG
WOMEN GET UP ON THE STAGE AND WOMEN GET UP ON THE STAGE AND
DEBATE WITH HEIDI SOME DEBATE WITH HEIDI SOME
AMENDMENT, SOME PROPOSAL OR AMENDMENT, SOME PROPOSAL OR
WHATEVER ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION. WHATEVER ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION.
THAT IS A RIOT BECAUSE THEY HAND THAT IS A RIOT BECAUSE THEY HAND
OUT A CONSTITUTION TO EVERY OUT A CONSTITUTION TO EVERY
SINGLE MEMBER OF THE AUDIENCE. SINGLE MEMBER OF THE AUDIENCE.
THEN IT IS A CONTEST TO WIN. THEN IT IS A CONTEST TO WIN.
WHAT IS THE RATIO? WHAT IS THE RATIO?
IN THE DEBATE, WHO WINS THE IN THE DEBATE, WHO WINS THE
MOST? MOST?
YOU OR HEIDI? YOU OR HEIDI?
>>EVER SINCE WE HAVE BEEN>>EVER SINCE WE HAVE BEEN
SWITCHING SIDES, THE AUDIENCE IS SWITCHING SIDES, THE AUDIENCE IS
A BIT SCARED TO ABOLISH THE A BIT SCARED TO ABOLISH THE
CONSTITUTION. CONSTITUTION.
>>WE ARE STILL TALKING THE>>WE ARE STILL TALKING THE
CONSTITUTION SHOULD BE ABOLISHED CONSTITUTION SHOULD BE ABOLISHED
OR REMAIN IN PLACE. OR REMAIN IN PLACE.
YOU THINK THE AUDIENCE IS AFRAID YOU THINK THE AUDIENCE IS AFRAID
TO SAY WE WANT TO ABOLISH? TO SAY WE WANT TO ABOLISH?
>>I THINK IT IS SCARY.>>I THINK IT IS SCARY.
FOR YOUNG KIDS, THEY EXPECT US FOR YOUNG KIDS, THEY EXPECT US
TO KEEP THE CONSTITUTION AND TO KEEP THE CONSTITUTION AND
LET‘S JUST WORK ON IT. LET‘S JUST WORK ON IT.
BECAUSE THERE IS HOPE. BECAUSE THERE IS HOPE.
I THINK THEY GET A LITTLE I THINK THEY GET A LITTLE
SCARED. SCARED.
YOUNG KIDS WANT TO ABOLISH THIS YOUNG KIDS WANT TO ABOLISH THIS
DOCUMENT THAT OUR WHOLE COUNTRY DOCUMENT THAT OUR WHOLE COUNTRY
IS FOUNDED ON. IS FOUNDED ON.
I ALWAYS LOSE. I ALWAYS LOSE.
I ALWAYS LOSE PROPOSITION I ALWAYS LOSE PROPOSITION
ARGUMENTS. ARGUMENTS.
WHEN I DO OPPOSITION, I ALWAYS WHEN I DO OPPOSITION, I ALWAYS
WIN. WIN.
>>SOMETIMES I WIN PROPOSITION.>>SOMETIMES I WIN PROPOSITION.
VERY RARELY I WOULD WIN VERY RARELY I WOULD WIN
PROPOSITION BECAUSE I WOULD PICK PROPOSITION BECAUSE I WOULD PICK
SOMEBODY FROM THE AUDIENCE. SOMEBODY FROM THE AUDIENCE.
YEAH, LET‘S DO ABOLISH AND I YEAH, LET‘S DO ABOLISH AND I
DON‘T KNOW IF THEY ARE CHOOSING DON‘T KNOW IF THEY ARE CHOOSING
THIS BECAUSE A YOUNG TEENAGER THIS BECAUSE A YOUNG TEENAGER
THAT IS ASKING THEM TO KEEP OR THAT IS ASKING THEM TO KEEP OR
ABOLISH THE CONSTITUTION. ABOLISH THE CONSTITUTION.
>>YOU ARE 14 NOW.>>YOU ARE 14 NOW.
YOU STARTED WHEN YOU WERE 12. YOU STARTED WHEN YOU WERE 12.
WHAT IS YOUR PLACE IN BLACK WHAT IS YOUR PLACE IN BLACK
AMERICA? AMERICA?
YOUR FAMILY AND WHO INSPIRED YOUR FAMILY AND WHO INSPIRED
YOU? YOU?
>>BOTH OF MY PARENTS ARE>>BOTH OF MY PARENTS ARE
DOMINICAN EVEN THOUGH I WAS BORN DOMINICAN EVEN THOUGH I WAS BORN
HERE. HERE.
I WAS BORN HERE. I WAS BORN HERE.
MY INFLUENCES WERE PRIMARILY MY INFLUENCES WERE PRIMARILY
LATINO STARS. LATINO STARS.
AS I GOT OLDER IT BECAME BLACK AS I GOT OLDER IT BECAME BLACK
STARS. STARS.
SOME PEOPLE FROM TELENOVELAS SOME PEOPLE FROM TELENOVELAS
LIKE JENNIFER LOPEZ AND SINGERS LIKE JENNIFER LOPEZ AND SINGERS
LIKE THAT. LIKE THAT.
>>YOU REALLY WANT TO BE AN>>YOU REALLY WANT TO BE AN
ACTOR. ACTOR.
YOU ADDITIONED AND WON YOU ADDITIONED AND WON
THIS PART. THIS PART.
THURSDAY IS GOING TO BECOME THURSDAY IS GOING TO BECOME
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
ONE DAY. ONE DAY.
>>AFTER I RUN FOR CONGRESS AND>>AFTER I RUN FOR CONGRESS AND
MAKE AN AMENDMENT TO OVERTURN MAKE AN AMENDMENT TO OVERTURN
THE ALL NATURAL RIGHTS — THE ALL NATURAL RIGHTS —
>>WE HAVE A CLIP OF EACH OF>>WE HAVE A CLIP OF EACH OF
YOU. YOU.
LET‘S START WITH THURSDAY. LET‘S START WITH THURSDAY.
I HOPE WE SET IT UP ENOUGH. I HOPE WE SET IT UP ENOUGH.
THIS IS AT THE END AND IT THIS IS AT THE END AND IT
BECOMES VERY RAUCOUS WHERE THE BECOMES VERY RAUCOUS WHERE THE
AUDIENCE IS CHEERING FOR ONE AUDIENCE IS CHEERING FOR ONE
SIDE OR THE OTHER. SIDE OR THE OTHER.
SOMETIMES PEOPLE ARE LAUGHING SOMETIMES PEOPLE ARE LAUGHING
AND SCREAMING. AND SCREAMING.
SOMETIMES THEY JUST SIT THERE. SOMETIMES THEY JUST SIT THERE.
LET‘S TAKE A LOOK. LET‘S TAKE A LOOK.
FIRST THURSDAY. FIRST THURSDAY.
>>JUDGES, I AGREE WE HAVE MOVED>>JUDGES, I AGREE WE HAVE MOVED
BACKWARD ON SOME ISSUES, BUT WE BACKWARD ON SOME ISSUES, BUT WE
ALL KNOW THAT THERE ARE EBBS AND ALL KNOW THAT THERE ARE EBBS AND
FLOWS TO PROGRESS. FLOWS TO PROGRESS.
I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU OF I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU OF
THE WOMAN AND DOG RUNNING THE WOMAN AND DOG RUNNING
ALONG THE BEACH. ALONG THE BEACH.
THIS BRINGS ME TO MY FINAL THIS BRINGS ME TO MY FINAL
ARGUMENT. ARGUMENT.
IF WE ABOLISH THE IF WE ABOLISH THE
CONSTITUTION, WE RISK SENDING CONSTITUTION, WE RISK SENDING
THE COUNTRY TO COMPLETE CHAOS. THE COUNTRY TO COMPLETE CHAOS.
OUR COUNTRY IS MORE DIVIDED IT OUR COUNTRY IS MORE DIVIDED IT
HAS EVER BEEN. HAS EVER BEEN.
ALL THAT IS HOLDING US TOGETHER ALL THAT IS HOLDING US TOGETHER
IS FAITH IN THIS DOCUMENT. IS FAITH IN THIS DOCUMENT.
WE MAY INTERPRET IT WE MAY INTERPRET IT
DIFFERENTLY BUT WITHOUT IT DIFFERENTLY BUT WITHOUT IT
WE WILL COMPLETELY COLLAPSE. WE WILL COMPLETELY COLLAPSE.
IF WE ABOLISH CONSTITUTION, IF WE ABOLISH CONSTITUTION,
HERE IS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN. HERE IS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN.
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE WILL BE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE WILL BE
ILLEGAL IN 14 STATES. ILLEGAL IN 14 STATES.
ABORTION WOULD BE ILLEGAL IN 30 ABORTION WOULD BE ILLEGAL IN 30
STATES. STATES.
SEGREGATION WOULD TECHNICALLY BE SEGREGATION WOULD TECHNICALLY BE
LEGAL IN 32 STATES. LEGAL IN 32 STATES.
JUDGES, ABRAHAM LINCOLN SAID THE JUDGES, ABRAHAM LINCOLN SAID THE
PEOPLE SHOULD NOT OVERTHROW THE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT OVERTHROW THE
CONSTITUTION BUT OVERTHROW THE CONSTITUTION BUT OVERTHROW THE
MEN WHO ABUSE IT. MEN WHO ABUSE IT.
THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
>>WHEW!>>WHEW!
WOW. WOW.
I THINK I AM ON YOUR SIDE. I THINK I AM ON YOUR SIDE.
LET‘S HEAR ROSDELY. LET‘S HEAR ROSDELY.
[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]
>>JUDGES, OUR CONSTITUTION IS>>JUDGES, OUR CONSTITUTION IS
LIKE THE HORCRUX IN HARRY LIKE THE HORCRUX IN HARRY
POTTER. POTTER.
IT IS A PIECE OF OUR FOUNDING IT IS A PIECE OF OUR FOUNDING
FATHER SOULS THAT IS STILL FATHER SOULS THAT IS STILL
SOMEHOW ALIVE RULING OVER SOMEHOW ALIVE RULING OVER
THE REST OF US. THE REST OF US.
LET ME EXPLAIN. LET ME EXPLAIN.
IN HARRY POTTER, IT‘S AN OBJECT IN HARRY POTTER, IT‘S AN OBJECT
WHERE A DARK WIZARD HAS HIDDEN A WHERE A DARK WIZARD HAS HIDDEN A
FRAGMENT OF THEIR SOUL FOR THE FRAGMENT OF THEIR SOUL FOR THE
PURPOSE OF GAINING IMMORTALITY. PURPOSE OF GAINING IMMORTALITY.
IT IS TIME TO DESTROY THE IT IS TIME TO DESTROY THE
HORCRUX SO THAT WE CAN MOVE ON HORCRUX SO THAT WE CAN MOVE ON
FROM THE SINS OF OUR PAST AND FROM THE SINS OF OUR PAST AND
WRITE A DOCUMENT THAT IS TRULY WRITE A DOCUMENT THAT IS TRULY
DEMOCRATIC AND FULLY ALIVE. DEMOCRATIC AND FULLY ALIVE.
[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]
>>GOT A BIG APPLAUSE THERE.>>GOT A BIG APPLAUSE THERE.
THERE IS HEIDI WORKING LIKE MAD THERE IS HEIDI WORKING LIKE MAD
IN THE CORNER TRYING TO IN THE CORNER TRYING TO
DEVELOP HER TALKING POINTS TO DEVELOP HER TALKING POINTS TO
DEBATE YOU. DEBATE YOU.
IT IS AN EXTRAORDINARILY IT IS AN EXTRAORDINARILY
SURPRISING THEATRICAL SURPRISING THEATRICAL
EXPERIENCE. EXPERIENCE.
WHO COULD EVER IMAGINE ALL OF WHO COULD EVER IMAGINE ALL OF
THESE RAVE REVIEWS WOULD BE THESE RAVE REVIEWS WOULD BE
COMING ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION. COMING ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION.
HOW HAS IT CHANGED YOUR LIVES? HOW HAS IT CHANGED YOUR LIVES?
THE NOTION OF THE CONSTITUTION THE NOTION OF THE CONSTITUTION
AND ACTUALLY BEING IN A PLAY AND ACTUALLY BEING IN A PLAY
ABOUT IT? ABOUT IT?
>>LIKE I SAID IN ONE OF MY>>LIKE I SAID IN ONE OF MY
SPEECHES, I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT SPEECHES, I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT
ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION. ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION.
I KNOW IT HAD ITS ISSUES. I KNOW IT HAD ITS ISSUES.
YEAH, THE FOUNDATION OF OUR YEAH, THE FOUNDATION OF OUR
COUNTRY. COUNTRY.
GO AMERICA. GO AMERICA.
WHEN I STUDIED IT AND LEARNED WHEN I STUDIED IT AND LEARNED
ABOUT WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG, I ABOUT WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG, I
HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT THIS HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT THIS
NOW. NOW.
I‘M NOT SURE HOW I SHOULD I‘M NOT SURE HOW I SHOULD
APPROACH THIS. APPROACH THIS.
>>I LIKE THE WAY YOU PHRASE IT.>>I LIKE THE WAY YOU PHRASE IT.
IT HAS SOME ISSUES. IT HAS SOME ISSUES.
HOW HAS IT AFFECTED YOU, HOW HAS IT AFFECTED YOU,
THURSDAY? THURSDAY?
>>I HAVE BEEN LEARNING ABOUT>>I HAVE BEEN LEARNING ABOUT
THE CONSTITUTION SINCE BEFORE THE CONSTITUTION SINCE BEFORE
FRESHMAN YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL. FRESHMAN YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL.
I KNOW I SAID THIS IN MY I KNOW I SAID THIS IN MY
ARGUMENT. ARGUMENT.
I USED TO LIKE THIS DOCUMENT. I USED TO LIKE THIS DOCUMENT.
IT IS A SMART DOCUMENT THAT IS IT IS A SMART DOCUMENT THAT IS
MADE TO EVOLVE OVER TIME AND TO MADE TO EVOLVE OVER TIME AND TO
CHANGE AS SOCIETY‘S NORMS — TO CHANGE AS SOCIETY‘S NORMS — TO
CHANGE ACCORDING TO SOCIETY. CHANGE ACCORDING TO SOCIETY.
WE BRING THIS UP IN THE DEBATE. WE BRING THIS UP IN THE DEBATE.
WHEN YOU LOOK AND ANALYZE THE WHEN YOU LOOK AND ANALYZE THE
CONSTITUTION, THE WORD “WOMAN” CONSTITUTION, THE WORD “WOMAN”
IS NOT IN THE CONSTITUTION. IS NOT IN THE CONSTITUTION.
“EQUAL” IS USED ONE TIME. “EQUAL” IS USED ONE TIME.
WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE? WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE?
>>I AM NODDING MY HEAD,>>I AM NODDING MY HEAD,
RIGHT, RIGHT. RIGHT, RIGHT.
WE NEED ANOTHER AMENDMENT. WE NEED ANOTHER AMENDMENT.
>>DOING THIS SHOW AND SWITCHING>>DOING THIS SHOW AND SWITCHING
TO PROPOSITION SIDE, THIS TO PROPOSITION SIDE, THIS
DOCUMENT — WHAT WAS I THINKING DOCUMENT — WHAT WAS I THINKING
LOVING THIS DOCUMENT AND LOVING THIS DOCUMENT AND
THINKING IT PROTECTED ME? THINKING IT PROTECTED ME?
WITH THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT, WITH THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT,
I BROUGHT IT TO SCHOOL BECAUSE I BROUGHT IT TO SCHOOL BECAUSE
WE HAD A PROJECT. WE HAD A PROJECT.
IF YOU WERE IN CONGRESS AND YOU IF YOU WERE IN CONGRESS AND YOU
HAD $100 MILLION TO INVEST IN HAD $100 MILLION TO INVEST IN
ANYTHING CONCERNING WOMEN AND ANYTHING CONCERNING WOMEN AND
THEIR OPPRESSION, I WOULD THEIR OPPRESSION, I WOULD
INVEST IN TRYING TO LOBBY FOR INVEST IN TRYING TO LOBBY FOR
THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT AND THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT AND
ADVERTISEMENT — ADVERTISEMENT —
>>I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH>>I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH
THIS. THIS.
I AM WORKING FOR THE I AM WORKING FOR THE
RATIFICATION OF THIS AMENDMENT. RATIFICATION OF THIS AMENDMENT.
ONE STATE AWAY. ONE STATE AWAY.
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC THING YOU DO YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC THING YOU
WOULD CHANGE ABOUT IT? WOULD CHANGE ABOUT IT?
WHAT STRIKES YOU AS WAS MOST WHAT STRIKES YOU AS WAS MOST
PROBLEMATIC ABOUT THE PROBLEMATIC ABOUT THE
CONSTITUTION? CONSTITUTION?
>>PROBABLY THE SECOND>>PROBABLY THE SECOND
AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT.
>>GUNS.>>GUNS.
>>IN AMERICA, EVERYBODY HAS>>IN AMERICA, EVERYBODY HAS
DIFFERENT FEELINGS ON GUNS AND DIFFERENT FEELINGS ON GUNS AND
HOW SOME PEOPLE THINK WE SHOULD HOW SOME PEOPLE THINK WE SHOULD
HAVE GUN CONTROL, SOME THINK WE HAVE GUN CONTROL, SOME THINK WE
SHOULD ERADICATE IT COMPLETELY. SHOULD ERADICATE IT COMPLETELY.
I FEEL LIKE WE CAN FIX THAT. I FEEL LIKE WE CAN FIX THAT.
I DON‘T KNOW HOW BUT I DO I DON‘T KNOW HOW BUT I DO
BELIEVE WE CAN. BELIEVE WE CAN.
RIGHT NOW EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT NOW EVERYTHING IS ALL
MIXED UP AND JUMBLED. MIXED UP AND JUMBLED.
THIS IS SAFETY WE ARE TALKING THIS IS SAFETY WE ARE TALKING
ABOUT. ABOUT.
WE SHOULD PROBABLY HAVE THIS WE SHOULD PROBABLY HAVE THIS
FIGURED OUT BY NOW. FIGURED OUT BY NOW.
>>I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT.>>I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT.
IT IS PROBLEMATIC. IT IS PROBLEMATIC.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FUTURES. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FUTURES.
I WANT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT WHAT I WANT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT WHAT
YOUR PATH IS. YOUR PATH IS.
WE WILL GET TO OUR PRESIDENTIAL WE WILL GET TO OUR PRESIDENTIAL
CANDIDATE HERE. CANDIDATE HERE.
WHAT IS YOUR PATH? WHAT IS YOUR PATH?
>>COLLEGE, MAJORING IN THEATER.>>COLLEGE, MAJORING IN THEATER.
PROBABLY WITH THE BIT OF MEDICAL PROBABLY WITH THE BIT OF MEDICAL
ON THE SIDE. ON THE SIDE.
>>THAT‘S A WILD THING.>>THAT‘S A WILD THING.
MEDICAL ON THE SIDE. MEDICAL ON THE SIDE.
A LITTLE HARD TO PUT ON THE A LITTLE HARD TO PUT ON THE
SIDE. SIDE.
>>I‘M STILL DECIDING.>>I‘M STILL DECIDING.
I CAN GO THE ACTING, MODELING I CAN GO THE ACTING, MODELING
PATH. PATH.
TAKE OVER HOLLYWOOD AND TAKE OVER HOLLYWOOD AND
EVERYBODY. EVERYBODY.
BUT THEN I CAN DO SOMETHING BUT THEN I CAN DO SOMETHING
MEDICAL. MEDICAL.
>>THEN YOU WILL BECOME A>>THEN YOU WILL BECOME A
SURGEON? SURGEON?
>>PROBABLY, OR A REALLY BIG>>PROBABLY, OR A REALLY BIG
HOLLYWOOD STAR. HOLLYWOOD STAR.
>>OR BOTH.>>OR BOTH.
TELL US ABOUT HOW YOU ARE GOING TELL US ABOUT HOW YOU ARE GOING
TO CREATE THAT PATH, THE STEPS TO CREATE THAT PATH, THE STEPS
TO THE PRESIDENCY. TO THE PRESIDENCY.
>>I AM ATTENDING TRINITY>>I AM ATTENDING TRINITY
COLLEGE IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
THIS FALL. THIS FALL.
>>CONGRATULATIONS.>>CONGRATULATIONS.
>>I AM GOING TO STAY THERE FOR>>I AM GOING TO STAY THERE FOR
FOUR YEARS TO GRADUATE TRINITY. FOUR YEARS TO GRADUATE TRINITY.
I WILL BE GOING TO LAW SCHOOL. I WILL BE GOING TO LAW SCHOOL.
WHO KNOWS? WHO KNOWS?
BEFORE POLITICS AND BEFORE THE BEFORE POLITICS AND BEFORE THE
SHOW I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SHOW I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A
LAWYER. LAWYER.
I WANT TO REPRESENT JUVENILE I WANT TO REPRESENT JUVENILE
DELINQUENTS. DELINQUENTS.
AFTER LAW SCHOOL I PLAN TO MAYBE AFTER LAW SCHOOL I PLAN TO MAYBE
BE A LAWYER FOR A FEW YEARS. BE A LAWYER FOR A FEW YEARS.
THEN EVENTUALLY RUN FOR THEN EVENTUALLY RUN FOR
COUNSELOR. COUNSELOR.
HOPEFULLY MY DISTRICT BECAUSE — HOPEFULLY MY DISTRICT BECAUSE —
DISTRICT 28. DISTRICT 28.
>>THAT IS BROOKLYN?>>THAT IS BROOKLYN?
>>JAMAICA.>>JAMAICA.
>>YOU ARE STILL IN JAMAICA?>>YOU ARE STILL IN JAMAICA?
GREAT. GREAT.
YAY FOR JAMAICA, QUEENS. YAY FOR JAMAICA, QUEENS.
>>WHEN I GAIN ENOUGH>>WHEN I GAIN ENOUGH
EXPERIENCE, ACCOMMODATE THE EXPERIENCE, ACCOMMODATE THE
PEOPLE‘S NEEDS AND WANTS, THEN I PEOPLE‘S NEEDS AND WANTS, THEN I
WILL RUN FOR THE HOUSE. WILL RUN FOR THE HOUSE.
I DON‘T KNOW WHAT AGE WILL BE I DON‘T KNOW WHAT AGE WILL BE
BY THAT TIME. BY THAT TIME.
I DON‘T THINK I WANT TO BE A I DON‘T THINK I WANT TO BE A
SENATOR. SENATOR.
>>TOO BORING?>>TOO BORING?
WHAT IS WRONG WITH BEING A WHAT IS WRONG WITH BEING A
SENATOR? SENATOR?
YOU WILL RUN FOR THE HOUSE. YOU WILL RUN FOR THE HOUSE.
>>IF MY PLAN WORKS, WHICH IS TO>>IF MY PLAN WORKS, WHICH IS TO
CREATE AN AMENDMENT TO OVERTURN CREATE AN AMENDMENT TO OVERTURN
OR CROSS OUT ONE OF THE OR CROSS OUT ONE OF THE
REQUIREMENTS FOR PRESIDENT, REQUIREMENTS FOR PRESIDENT,
WHICH YOU HAVE TO BE A NATURAL WHICH YOU HAVE TO BE A NATURAL
BORN CITIZEN, THEN MAYBE — BORN CITIZEN, THEN MAYBE —
>>THAT IS A GREAT TALKING>>THAT IS A GREAT TALKING
POINT. POINT.
I CHANGED THE CONSTITUTION SO I I CHANGED THE CONSTITUTION SO I
CAN RUN FOR PRESIDENT. CAN RUN FOR PRESIDENT.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE YOU LOOK UP WHO ARE THE PEOPLE YOU LOOK UP
TO NOW POLITICALLY? TO NOW POLITICALLY?
YOU WATCHED AN ENTIRE SEASON OF YOU WATCHED AN ENTIRE SEASON OF
SOMETHING LAST NIGHT ON NETFLIX? SOMETHING LAST NIGHT ON NETFLIX?
>>”NEW GIRL.”>>”NEW GIRL.”
THEY CAME OUT WITH SEASON SEVEN THEY CAME OUT WITH SEASON SEVEN
AND I FINISHED IT. AND I FINISHED IT.
EACH EPISODE IS 21 MINUTES AND EACH EPISODE IS 21 MINUTES AND
THERE ARE EIGHT EPISODES IN A THERE ARE EIGHT EPISODES IN A
SEASON. SEASON.
PIECE OF CAKE FOR ME. PIECE OF CAKE FOR ME.
SOME PEOPLE I LOOKED UP TO SOME PEOPLE I LOOKED UP TO
IS DEFINITELY GINA RODRIGUEZ, IS DEFINITELY GINA RODRIGUEZ,
MICHELLE OBAMA, OPRAH WINFREY, MICHELLE OBAMA, OPRAH WINFREY,
GAIL. GAIL.
>>GAIL, OPRAH‘S BEST>>GAIL, OPRAH‘S BEST
FRIEND. FRIEND.
>>I REALLY LOVE THIS WOMAN.>>I REALLY LOVE THIS WOMAN.
I HAVE A GIANT PICTURE OF HER IN I HAVE A GIANT PICTURE OF HER IN
MY HOUSE. MY HOUSE.
I LOOK UP TO RUTH BADER I LOOK UP TO RUTH BADER
GINSBURG. GINSBURG.
>>AS DO WE ALL.>>AS DO WE ALL.
>>I CAN‘T WAIT UNTIL SHE COMES>>I CAN‘T WAIT UNTIL SHE COMES
TO SEE THE SHOW. TO SEE THE SHOW.
>>THAT WOULD BE A NIGHT.>>THAT WOULD BE A NIGHT.
LET ME KNOW. LET ME KNOW.
CALL ME UP. CALL ME UP.
>>THAT PERFORMANCE IS GOING TO>>THAT PERFORMANCE IS GOING TO
BE SPECIAL. BE SPECIAL.
I WARNED EVERYONE. I WARNED EVERYONE.
I AM NOT GOING TO BE TALKING TO I AM NOT GOING TO BE TALKING TO
YOU. YOU.
I AM JUST GOING TO BE PAYING I AM JUST GOING TO BE PAYING
ATTENTION TO THE ONE LADY. ATTENTION TO THE ONE LADY.
I REALLY LOVE HER. I REALLY LOVE HER.
I LOVE WHAT SHE STANDS FOR, I LOVE WHAT SHE STANDS FOR,
WHAT SHE REPRESENTS. WHAT SHE REPRESENTS.
I ALSO LIKE SONIA SOTOMAYOR. I ALSO LIKE SONIA SOTOMAYOR.
I DID AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM I DID AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
LAST SUMMER AND I MET HER LAST SUMMER AND I MET HER
FOR LIKE FIVE SECONDS. FOR LIKE FIVE SECONDS.
>>HEIDI IN THE SHOW HAS>>HEIDI IN THE SHOW HAS
BEEN A HUGE INFLUENCE. BEEN A HUGE INFLUENCE.
GIVE HER SOME PROPS. GIVE HER SOME PROPS.
[LAUGHTER] [LAUGHTER]
>>HEIDI IS SMART.>>HEIDI IS SMART.
EVEN WHEN I TALK TO PEOPLE, I EVEN WHEN I TALK TO PEOPLE, I
DON‘T KNOW HOW SHE STANDS UP ON DON‘T KNOW HOW SHE STANDS UP ON
THE STAGE SPEAKING FOR AN HOUR THE STAGE SPEAKING FOR AN HOUR
AND REMEMBERS HER LINES. AND REMEMBERS HER LINES.
I GO UP ON STAGE AND SOMETIMES I I GO UP ON STAGE AND SOMETIMES I
CAN‘T REMEMBER MY FIRST PART. CAN‘T REMEMBER MY FIRST PART.
SHE IS ABLE TO TALK FOR A WHOLE SHE IS ABLE TO TALK FOR A WHOLE
HOUR. HOUR.
I THINK THIS PIECE SHE CREATED I THINK THIS PIECE SHE CREATED
IS REALLY SMART, REALLY IS REALLY SMART, REALLY
CREATIVE. CREATIVE.
SHE IS ALSO VERY FUN AND VERY SHE IS ALSO VERY FUN AND VERY
DOWN TO EARTH. DOWN TO EARTH.
I LOOK UP TO HER BECAUSE SHE HAS I LOOK UP TO HER BECAUSE SHE HAS
ALWAYS BEEN THAT PERSON I CAN ALWAYS BEEN THAT PERSON I CAN
TALK TO. TALK TO.
SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR
ME. ME.
EVER SINCE I MET HER — I ASKED EVER SINCE I MET HER — I ASKED
HER THE OTHER DAY, WHY DID YOU HER THE OTHER DAY, WHY DID YOU
PICK ME? PICK ME?
A LOT OF GIRLS AUDITIONED. A LOT OF GIRLS AUDITIONED.
WHY DID YOU PICK ME? WHY DID YOU PICK ME?
WE HAD A WHOLE CONVERSATION WE HAD A WHOLE CONVERSATION
ABOUT WHAT ME AND HER — THE ABOUT WHAT ME AND HER — THE
STORY SHE TELLS IS KIND OF STORY SHE TELLS IS KIND OF
MY STORY AND MY FAMILY‘S STORY. MY STORY AND MY FAMILY‘S STORY.
WE HAD THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT WE HAD THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT
HOW WE TRIED TO DETACH OURSELVES HOW WE TRIED TO DETACH OURSELVES
FROM OUR FAMILY‘S HISTORY AND FROM OUR FAMILY‘S HISTORY AND
CULTURE. CULTURE.
>>VERY INTERESTING AND>>VERY INTERESTING AND
MOVING. MOVING.
>>HEIDI IS LIKE A BALL OF>>HEIDI IS LIKE A BALL OF
SUNSHINE WITH A REALLY BIG SUNSHINE WITH A REALLY BIG
BRAIN. BRAIN.
>>LET ME VISUALIZE THAT.>>LET ME VISUALIZE THAT.
>>VERY FLOWERY AND SMART AND>>VERY FLOWERY AND SMART AND
INFLUENTIAL. INFLUENTIAL.
IT IS CRAZY BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK IT IS CRAZY BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK
AT THE PHYSICAL SCRIPT, IT‘S A AT THE PHYSICAL SCRIPT, IT‘S A
BIG BOOK OF LINES. BIG BOOK OF LINES.
THE FACT YOU CAN DIVE INTO THE FACT YOU CAN DIVE INTO
SOMETHING THAT DEEP AND THAT SOMETHING THAT DEEP AND THAT
PERSONAL ABOUT YOUR FAMILY PERSONAL ABOUT YOUR FAMILY
WITHOUT, I DON‘T KNOW, FREAKING WITHOUT, I DON‘T KNOW, FREAKING
OUT IS INCREDIBLE TO ME. OUT IS INCREDIBLE TO ME.
SHE IS SO INFLUENTIAL AND SMART. SHE IS SO INFLUENTIAL AND SMART.
THAT IS A LOT OF FAMILY HISTORY. THAT IS A LOT OF FAMILY HISTORY.
THE FACT THAT YOU ARE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE
SOLO SAYING IT TO A BUNCH OF SOLO SAYING IT TO A BUNCH OF
PEOPLE YOU DON‘T KNOW IS PEOPLE YOU DON‘T KNOW IS
INCREDIBLE. INCREDIBLE.
>>SHE IS STRONG.>>SHE IS STRONG.
>>SHE DOES FREAK OUT A BIT.>>SHE DOES FREAK OUT A BIT.
WE ALL DO IN THE AUDIENCE WE ALL DO IN THE AUDIENCE
LISTENING TO THE HISTORY OF LISTENING TO THE HISTORY OF
GENERATIONS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE GENERATIONS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
THAT HER GREAT-GRANDMOTHER, THAT HER GREAT-GRANDMOTHER,
GRANDMOTHER AND MOTHER ALL GRANDMOTHER AND MOTHER ALL
EXPERIENCED AT SOME LEVEL, EXPERIENCED AT SOME LEVEL,
OR OTHER, WHICH REALLY RESONATES OR OTHER, WHICH REALLY RESONATES
WITH SO MANY WOMEN AND MEN IN WITH SO MANY WOMEN AND MEN IN
THE AUDIENCE. THE AUDIENCE.
I THINK THAT IS ONE OF THE I THINK THAT IS ONE OF THE
REASONS YOU GUYS KEEP GETTING REASONS YOU GUYS KEEP GETTING
EXTENDED. EXTENDED.
IT WAS LIKE 12 WEEKS ONLY, IT WAS LIKE 12 WEEKS ONLY,
AND NOW IT IS 24 WEEKS ONLY. AND NOW IT IS 24 WEEKS ONLY.
I THINK YOU WILL HAVE TO GET I THINK YOU WILL HAVE TO GET
ANOTHER THEATER EVENTUALLY ANOTHER THEATER EVENTUALLY
BECAUSE IT WILL RUN FOREVER. BECAUSE IT WILL RUN FOREVER.
YOU WILL BE OFFERED COLLEGE YOU WILL BE OFFERED COLLEGE
PREPARING FOR LAW SCHOOL, AND PREPARING FOR LAW SCHOOL, AND
BALANCING SCHOOL WORK AND WORK BALANCING SCHOOL WORK AND WORK
LIFE. LIFE.
>>IT CAN HARD BUT I MANAGE.>>IT CAN HARD BUT I MANAGE.
>>I‘M A SENIOR BUT IT GETS>>I‘M A SENIOR BUT IT GETS
CRAZY SOMETIMES. CRAZY SOMETIMES.
AT TIMES I DON‘T EVEN WANT TO DO AT TIMES I DON‘T EVEN WANT TO DO
ANYTHING. ANYTHING.
NOTHING. NOTHING.
NO WORK, NO SHOWS, NOTHING. NO WORK, NO SHOWS, NOTHING.
IT GETS OVERWHELMING BUT I‘M IT GETS OVERWHELMING BUT I‘M
STILL PUSHING THROUGH. STILL PUSHING THROUGH.
I HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE BEHIND ME I HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE BEHIND ME
AND THEY ARE WORKING WITH ME AND AND THEY ARE WORKING WITH ME AND
THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS. THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS.
>>I DO A LOT.>>I DO A LOT.
>>OTHER THAN THE PLAY?>>OTHER THAN THE PLAY?
>>I‘M A SERGEANT FOR THE>>I‘M A SERGEANT FOR THE
EXPLORERS PROGRAM. EXPLORERS PROGRAM.
I MISS MY PROGRAM SO MUCH. I MISS MY PROGRAM SO MUCH.
I‘M A SENIOR AT LEGAL OUTREACH. I‘M A SENIOR AT LEGAL OUTREACH.
I AM IN THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT I AM IN THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT
AT MY SCHOOL BUT THEY ARE LIKE, AT MY SCHOOL BUT THEY ARE LIKE,
GO BEYOND BROADWAY. GO BEYOND BROADWAY.
>>I HOPE ONE OF THE THINGS>>I HOPE ONE OF THE THINGS
YOU DID, LIKE HEIDI IN THE YOU DID, LIKE HEIDI IN THE
DEBATE CONTEST WHEN SHE WAS DEBATE CONTEST WHEN SHE WAS
GROWING UP, SHE FINANCED HER GROWING UP, SHE FINANCED HER
ENTIRE COLLEGE EDUCATION BY ENTIRE COLLEGE EDUCATION BY
WINNING THOSE CONTESTS. WINNING THOSE CONTESTS.
THAT WAS WHEN MONETARY REWARD THAT WAS WHEN MONETARY REWARD
WAS INVOLVED. WAS INVOLVED.
MAYBE THIS PLAY IS GIVING YOU MAYBE THIS PLAY IS GIVING YOU
YOUR COLLEGE EDUCATION. YOUR COLLEGE EDUCATION.
>>IT GIVES A LOT OF>>IT GIVES A LOT OF
OPPORTUNITIES. OPPORTUNITIES.
I AM EXCITED FOR THEM. I AM EXCITED FOR THEM.
>>GREAT.>>GREAT.
YOU GUYS ARE TERRIFIC. YOU GUYS ARE TERRIFIC.
ONE OF THE LAST QUESTIONS WE ASK ONE OF THE LAST QUESTIONS WE ASK
ALL OF OUR GUESTS IS TO FINISH ALL OF OUR GUESTS IS TO FINISH
THE STATEMENT, THE POWER, THE THE STATEMENT, THE POWER, THE
STRENGTH OF BLACK AMERICA — STRENGTH OF BLACK AMERICA —
LATINA AMERICA — IS WHAT? LATINA AMERICA — IS WHAT?
WHAT IS OUR STRENGTH? WHAT IS OUR STRENGTH?
>>I THINK — IT IS CRAZY.>>I THINK — IT IS CRAZY.
I THINK WE GET MOST OF OUR I THINK WE GET MOST OF OUR
STRENGTH FROM OUR HISTORY OF STRENGTH FROM OUR HISTORY OF
OPPRESSION AND TRAGEDY. OPPRESSION AND TRAGEDY.
IT IS LIKE LOOK HOW FAR WE HAVE IT IS LIKE LOOK HOW FAR WE HAVE
COME FROM THEN, AND NOW IS THE COME FROM THEN, AND NOW IS THE
TIME WE SHOULD BE HOLDING ON TO TIME WE SHOULD BE HOLDING ON TO
SEIZING THIS MOMENT AND JUST SEIZING THIS MOMENT AND JUST
KEEP FIGHTING BECAUSE WE KEEP FIGHTING BECAUSE WE
ACTUALLY HAVE A CHANCE TO GET ON ACTUALLY HAVE A CHANCE TO GET ON
TOP. TOP.
>>IF YOU ARE OPTIMISTIC, I>>IF YOU ARE OPTIMISTIC, I
WILL TAKE THAT. WILL TAKE THAT.
>>TO ME IT IS THE FUTURE>>TO ME IT IS THE FUTURE
BECAUSE EVERYTHING LIES IN THE BECAUSE EVERYTHING LIES IN THE
FUTURE. FUTURE.
THERE IS STRENGTH IN THE FUTURE. THERE IS STRENGTH IN THE FUTURE.
PUSHING FROM HISTORY INTO THE PUSHING FROM HISTORY INTO THE
FUTURE. FUTURE.
THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO
LOOK FORWARD TO. LOOK FORWARD TO.
>>ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH>>ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH
THE AMERICA WE HAVE GIVEN YOU? THE AMERICA WE HAVE GIVEN YOU?
>>NO.>>NO.
>>NO.>>NO.
BUT IT IS GOOD ENOUGH TO WHERE BUT IT IS GOOD ENOUGH TO WHERE
WE CAN WORK. WE CAN WORK.
I AM HERE AND FILLED WITH HOPE. I AM HERE AND FILLED WITH HOPE.
I JUST THINK IF I CONTINUE I JUST THINK IF I CONTINUE
PUSHING — WHO WOULD HAVE PUSHING — WHO WOULD HAVE
THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE BEEN ON
BROADWAY? BROADWAY?
I HAVE NEVER DONE ACTING IN MY I HAVE NEVER DONE ACTING IN MY
LIFE. LIFE.
WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE GIVEN US, IT WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE GIVEN US, IT
IS JUST THE BEGINNING. IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
IT IS UP TO OUR GENERATION TO IT IS UP TO OUR GENERATION TO
KEEP PUSHING FORWARD AND KEEP PUSHING FORWARD AND
CREATING EVEN MORE OF A PUSH FOR CREATING EVEN MORE OF A PUSH FOR
THE FUTURE. THE FUTURE.
>>WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR>>WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR
BEING WILLING TO TAKE IT ON. BEING WILLING TO TAKE IT ON.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US
TODAY. TODAY.
EVERYBODY OUT THERE, PLEASE GO EVERYBODY OUT THERE, PLEASE GO
SEE “WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS SEE “WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS
TO ME.” TO ME.”
YOU CAN CATCH THEM UNTIL JULY YOU CAN CATCH THEM UNTIL JULY
21, BUT I THINK IT WILL RUN 21, BUT I THINK IT WILL RUN
FOREVER. FOREVER.
“WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO “WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO
ME” ON BROADWAY NOW. ME” ON BROADWAY NOW.
THANKS SO MUCH TO YOU FOR THANKS SO MUCH TO YOU FOR
JOINING US TODAY. JOINING US TODAY.
I AM CAROL JENKINS. I AM CAROL JENKINS.
THE PROGRAM IS “BLACK AMERICA.” THE PROGRAM IS “BLACK AMERICA.”
WE WILL SEE YOU NEXT TIME. ♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪

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