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

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

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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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Review of the August Wilson Society's 

2020 August Wilson's Ground Lecture:

August and Africa

By Dr. Sandra G. Shannon, President

August Wilson Society 

On September 24, 2020, the August Wilson Society hosted number two in the increasing  lineup of the organization’s popular August Wilson's Ground Annual Lecture Series.  This  year’s  webinar on the underexplored theme August and Africa cultivated new ground,  planted fresh seeds for August Wilson Studies, and  sparked both national and international interest. 

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