“Daveed thinks that seeing a black man play Jefferson or Madison or Washington when he was a kid in Oakland might have changed his life. ‘A whole lot of things I just never thought were for me would have seemed possible,’ he says. Even now, the show is changing him, making him feel more American. ‘I always felt at odds with this country,’ he says ‘You only get pulled over by the police for no reason so many times before you say, “F*** this.” ’
“Don’t be too quick to count a kid out.
There are plenty of debatable lessons to be drawn from Alexander Hamilton’s life, but that one is clear. The poor bastard orphan from the islands ought to have died a dozen times but somehow lived to help to found the nation. As a leader of the new republic, he fought to make it easier for people like him to travel as far as their talent would take them.”
From “Hamilton – The Revolution
– Being the complete libretto of the Broadway musical, with a true account of its creation, and concise remarks on hip-hop, the power of stories, and the new America,” by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, 2016, p. 197. Daveed Diggs, actor, rapper, and singer, originated the roles of Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in Hamilton
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