“ 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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