"I am the daughter of political exiles from the Dominican Republic," she said. "I sympathize. We don't give in to dictators and negative forces around us.
"You say, on the contrary, we are going to survive because we deserve to. That is something she does, and something we need to carry into the future."
If you go
What: “Conquering Unspeakable Evil: How Poetry, Music and the Visual Arts Raise the Human Spirit,” with Rhina Espaillat
When: Monday, April 28, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Aviv Centers for Living, Community Room, Woodbrige Building, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody
How: Free. Visit www.avivliving.org or call 978-471-5100.