“Baldwin calls us to many things, but ultimately what I think I know best after this long journey is that life is beautiful and it is meant to be lived, and we all have to have the courage to live it.

“Baldwin said that you have to go the way your blood beats. 'If you don’t live the only life you have,' he said, 'you won’t live some other life, you won’t live any life at all. That’s the only advice you can give anybody.'

“At the end of this process, I don’t have the sense that Baldwin was any more flawless than I am. Far from it. But in his flaws, his fears, his failures, I find this real person who loved and was loved, who made art and influenced art, who saw injustice and spoke out against injustice, and who continues to speak truth into this age and into the age to come.”