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The August Wilson Society recently engaged in a day of remembrance on Saturday, October 2, in honor of the late, great playwright, August Wilson, who joined the ancestors on that day 16 years ago ~ but not before leaving us a powerful legacy known as the American Century Cycle.

In honor of the prolific Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, poet, and prophet, AWS will grant free online access from October 2 through December 31, 2021 to a series of fascinating virtual events. To access these recent AWS events, please find the use the links below:

August Wilson Society's
2021 Biennial Colloquium
(March 2021)

August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
A Post Netflix Premier "Jam Session"
(December 19, 2020)

August Wilson Society
15th Anniversary Celebration
(April 2021)

3rd Annual
Ground Lecture Series
(September 2021)

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“ writing about black people,
you are not limiting yourself.
The experiences of African Americans
are as wide open as God’s closet.”

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August Wilson receives an Honorary Doctorate, 2004, Howard University Commencement


The August Wilson Society (AWS) defines itself as an interdisciplinary learning community dedicated to promoting the studying, the teaching, the performing, the researching, and the ultimate safeguarding of the rich legacy that August Wilson has bequeathed to us in the form of 10 plays that chronicle the stories of African Americans from 1904 to 1997. AWS also considers its major objective to be keeping in the forefront for current and future generations a major writer and artist who dedicated his life and genius to chronicling and rendering into poetry and drama, the history, decade by decade, of African Americans in the twentieth century.

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The August Wilson Society combines scholarship and the love of theatre to present engaging biennial colloquia, standing-room-only  annual lectures, and speakers from among acclaimed Wilsonian actors and actresses.


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August Wilson's crowning achievement is The American Century Cycle, his series of ten plays that charts the African American experience throughout the twentieth century .

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