We are 15 Years
Wilson insisted that you can't begin to deal with the present without remembering the past. In keeping, the August Wilson Society will mark this milestone by highlighting the 12 Founding Members who gathered in the Spring of 2006 to establish what has become a major national and international organization.
tHE bLACK aRTS INSTITUTE
THE BLACK ARTS INSTITUTE
2021 biennial colloquium
“There's no idea in the world that is not contained by Black life. I could write forever about the Black experience in America.”
Ma rainey's black bottom
virtual Jam session
2020 THE GROUND LECTURE SERIES
August wilson's 75th Birthday
Poet... Playwright... Prophet... Warrior... Master Story Teller... Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner ... Chronicler of the Black Experience...
Yes, that was our
August Wilson, who would have turned 75 years old on Monday, April 27, 2020!
The August Wilson African American Cultural Center and the August Wilson Society have teamed up to commemorate and celebrate Wilson’s 75th birthday by hosting AUGUST WILSON AT 75: A VIRTUAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, an enlightening, well-timed Face Book live discussion on one of the most produced, most studied, most relevant, and most impactful playwrights of the late twentieth and twenty-first century: August Wilson.
Join August Wilson Society President Dr. Sandra Shannon along with award-winning actor and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Pittsburgh actor Nathan James and poet Jessica Care Moore at 11 a.m. on April 27 to explore little-known aspects of Wilson’s culturally uplifting art and politics and to find in his life’s work inspiration for these difficult times.
august and africa
"If you take these people [African Americans] back over to Africa, they'll walk around trying to figure out what the hell's going on. There's no way that they can relate to that. But the sensibilities are African. They are Africans who have been removed from Africa, and they are in America four hundred years later. They're still Africans."
"The idea of Africa as metaphor, I believe, is critical as it enables Wilson to escape the romanticization and essentialization of Africa, but rather allows his 'Africa' to be constructed, to be (w)ritten within the context of the moment."
~Harry J. Elam, Jr.
". . ..for the young Wilson, who came of age in an era preoccupied by the concepts of cultural nationalism espoused by Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad as well as by the Black Arts Movement and Black Power movements, Africa became his center of gravity and a symbol for his mother's dominant heritage, a heritage that he wholeheartedly embraced."
~Sandra G. Shannon
Wilson, as chronicler of the African-American experience, has responded to the durable ethos of the African continuum, which is the cultural mooring of black expression throughout the diaspora.
~ Paul Carter Harrison
"Accordingly, to a certain degree, each of the characters within the Juba scene from Joe Turner is possessed. However, they are not simply possessed by the 'Holy Spirit' but rather by the spirit of the past, by African tradition, by the power of the ancestors, by the 'blood memory.'"
~ Harry J. Elam
". . ..in order to follow Wilson's agenda, it is necessary to situate his concept of Africa within the rhetorical and spiritual contexts of his dramatic universe.
~Sandra G. Shannon