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The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts center open to all.  AWAACC is dedicated to the celebration of the African American journey and presenting its unique and extraordinary role in the creation of popular culture in America and beyond.

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Howard University is a proud supporter of AWS and continues to champion the legacy of August Wilson.

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The City of Pittsburgh is an exciting city and continually strives to honor the life of August Wilson.

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The August Wilson House has been revamped as an arts center for the youth living in The Hill District.

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Pittsburgh's leading local television station providing coverage and sponsorship for this year's Colloquium

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"From the Hill to the Stage" is the title of the University of Pittsburgh Library System's August Wilson Archive.

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Pittsburgh's premier business and social club and sponsor of the Colloquium reception.

“American society as a whole has a very short memory. There are a lot of things we don’t know or have allowed ourselves to forget.”

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The August Wilson Society (AWS) joins the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS), the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, and theater lovers around the world in celebrating the grand opening of the August Wilson Archive in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 2-4, 2023.

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson is a Tony Award-winning actor, and a WGA, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated writer. As a director, Ruben has been awarded The Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, Drama League, a Tony Award nomination and three Obie awards. Ruben penned the screenplay for his autobiographical film Lackawanna Blues for HBO receiving numerous accolades including an NAACP Image Award and National Board of Reviews honors, along with The Humanitas Prize and a Christopher Award. Ruben most recently penned the screenplay of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom which starred Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. Produced by Denzel Washington and directed by George C. Wolfe.

2023 colloquium keynote speaker

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