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Posted: June 13, 2016

After Orlando tragedy, Lin-Manuel Miranda gives passionate acceptance speech at Tony Awards

By Zuri Davis

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of and actor in the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," recited a passionate poem during his acceptance speech for Best Score at the Tony Awards. He dedicated his speech to address the tragic mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub Sunday.

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“My wife’s the reason anything gets done. She nudges me towards promise by degrees.

She is a perfect symphony of one, our son is her most beautiful reprise.

We chase the melodies that seem to find us until they’re finished songs and start to play.

When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day.

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This show is proof that history remembers, we live through times where hate and fear seem stronger, we rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer.

And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside.

I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story, now fill the world with music, love and pride.

Thank you so much for this.”

Miranda previously commented on the Orlando massacre during an interview on the red carpet, according to People magazine.

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“On a day marked by such tragedy to get to celebrate such works of art,” he said, “I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.”

>> Click here to watch his speech



Lin-Manuel Miranda responds to Orlando attacks

Lin-Manuel Miranda responded to the Orlando massacre in his emotional Tony Awards speech: "Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside."

Posted by The Hill on Sunday, June 12, 2016


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