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Here's the story: in 2006, a creaking slave ship full of bones hauls up out of the Hudson River at the feet of the Statue of Liberty. And New York City — mainly black New York City, but white too — goes into a fit of deep anger, attraction, revulsion, and remembrance.

In a one-man show on in New York now, actor and writer Daniel Beaty plays forty-three different characters whirling around the provocation of the ship and its bones, exploring the state of African-American freedom and memory — rich blacks, poor blacks, guilt-laden whites and African chiefs all grappling with the remembrance now of what was then.

Hear a conversation with actor Daniel Beaty about a slave ship, remembrance, and African-American responses today.

Quotes from the Show:

"I'm passionate about the state of race relations in America. I'm passionate about the state of freedom both on the personal level and as a society." Daniel Beaty

"I'm looking at slavery as a place of empowerment." Daniel Beaty

"There has to a healing that still has to take place." Daniel Beaty

"We have to tell the story truthfully about America's past." Daniel Beaty


Daniel Beaty, performer and writer. He created and stars in his one-man show "Emergence-SEE!"

This program aired on November 9, 2006.


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