“I decided to write a piece about what we were feeling standing there in that slave house. As I was writing, I was struck by the idea that the “Door Of No Return”, which represented the end of their African experience, was also, in a certain way, the beginning of our African-American experience. At that point, I decided to not make the piece just about the pain and anger we were feeling, standing there in that slave house. I decided to make it also a celebration of the ability of human beings to transcend horrible beginnings and turn them into something positive.”
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source: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)