Animated Series, We Imagine US

Episode 3: “Mercy’s Story”

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Published on: April 6, 2023

We Imagine…. Us, Episode 3 features Mercy Watkins, the beloved daughter of Albert ‘Bumpy’ Watkins, a Black widower who was formerly incarcerated and the late Audrey Watkins, a Vietnamese-American nursing student. Mercy and Bumpy star in the 6-part companion podcast, The Long Way Around. It’s the year 2037, and Mercy is a 31-year-old, single mother reminiscing about a fateful journey she took as a 16-year-old with her father. After traveling from their old home in Galveston, Texas to their new home in Willmar, Minnesota, their lives took a shocking turn 15 years ago and Mercy takes stock of the sorrows and the joys they’ve experienced. This episode stars Emmy award-winning actress Karrueche Tran as Adult Mercy and features the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award-winning musician and activist John Legend, and Civil Rights Attorney, legal scholar and the author of The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander.