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Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of and actor for 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 in an Orlando nightclub over the weekend:

“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.

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

Zuri Davis |