André De Shields on Stonewall 50: The First Graduation Is to Be Awakened, the Next Graduation Is Being ‘Woke’

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In this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.

André De Shields is a Tony Award-winning (and many other awards-winning and nominated) actor for Hadestown, in which he plays Hermes. He originated the title role of The Wiz in 1975, and in 2007, he won an Obie Award for sustained excellence in performance.

When and how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots, and what did you make of them?

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