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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ star Gbenga Akinnagbe talks racism and how the classic relates to modern times

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is officially the highest-grossing American play on Broadway right now. The play is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, which eventually lead to an Academy Award-winning movie. Now that the book is a play on Broadway, many are revisiting the story about a white attorney representing a black man accused of raping a white woman. Actor Gbenga Akinnagbe, who stars a “Tom Robinson,” talks about why the message is still relevant today.

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Aaron Sorkin's new Broadway production of “To Kill A Mockingbird” has become the highest-grossing American play ever. Soledad is joined by one of the play's stars, Gbenga Akinnagbe, who plays the accused, Tom Robinson. Akinnagbe tells Soledad why the stories of small town lawyer Atticus Finch, his daughter Scout, and his own character, are still relevant more than fifty years after Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel was first published.