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Phylicia Rashad

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson​

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Ebony Jo-Ann


Moderated by

Dr. Sandra G. Shannon

Country Field

Freedom is heavy. You got to put your shoulder to freedom. Put your shoulder to it and hope your back holds up.

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AWS Board member, Dr. Monica White Ndounou and Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley are two of three co-founders who are developing the platform to help connect Black theatres, production companies and Black creatives and scholars with one another, jobs, projects and relevant information. 

"He wrote not for white or middle-class audiences, but for the strivers, hustlers and quiet sufferers whose struggles he sought to capture in searing works."

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August Wilson: The Writer’s Landscape, the first-ever permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and works of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, will open in early 2022. The exhibit will explore the people and places of Pittsburgh, where Wilson was born and raised, and which had a profound impact on shaping his worldview.

August Wilson African American Cultural Center

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The August Wilson Society sincerely thanks each of you for remembering August Wilson’s birthday with your generous gift during our April 27th Annual Day of Giving! Your donation is an investment in AWS’s financial stability and your stake in the success of our regular quality programming and new initiatives. Upcoming events include the September 2022 August Wilson’s Ground Lecture; the March 2023 Biennial Colloquium at Pittsburgh’s August Wilson African American Culture Center; and a March 2023 joint session with University of Pittsburgh ULS in celebration of the opening of the August Wilson Archive. Stay tuned for more details on these three events!

. . . There is still time for those who wish to support our sixteen-year efforts to promote and preserve August Wilson’s legacy by using the button below.

Best wishes along with lots of “love and laughter in your life!”


Sandra G. Shannon, President

August Wilson Society


Ernest C. Jackson

Ernest C. Jackson, Fundraising Chairman

August Wilson Society Executive Board

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AWS membership

Because you support us, we want to enhance our support for you!

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2023 biennial colloquium

In case you
missed it...

  • YouTube

Friday, March 3, 2023
Session 1

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