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“All you need in the world is love and laughter. That's all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other."”


15th Anniversary

August 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 afternoons activities will also include artistic spotlights and a rich, moderated panel discussion centered around August Wilson's ongoing legacy and its intersectionality with current events.

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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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