The August Wilson Society (AWS) was founded within the College of Arts and Sciences in Spring of 2006, shortly after the passing of August Wilson at age 60. 


The August Wilson Society is a vibrant national organization founded on the campus of Howard University in the wake of Mr. Wilson’s death in 2005. This longstanding organization is proud of its strong ties to Howard and since its inception, has earned the endorsement and respect of the university’s leadership.


AWS has also garnered the trust and cooperation of key stakeholders at the August Wilson Estate.  But perhaps the organization’s greatest achievement since its inception has been the multiple programs it continues to offer to introduce August Wilson to a new generation of learners and to oblige others who seek more intense engagement with his works.








President & Founder

Sandra Shannon, PhD  ~ Howard University

vice president

Khalid Long, PhD  ~ Columbia College

communications/social Media director

Melonnie Walker ~ Independent Scholar/Dramaturg

Membership Director 

Dale Byam, PhD  ~ Brooklyn College

educational director

Pedro Alvarado ~ Georgia State University


Laurence Glasco, PhD ~ University of Pittsburgh


Artisia Green ~William & Mary

Chris Bell, PhD ~ University of North Georgia

graphic designer

Courtney Ray ~ Howard University

website manager

Adia Coleman Howard University


Kamili Anderson ~ Howard University





The August Wilson Society became the brainchild of a group of Howard University scholars, many of whom had been inspired by the April 2005 national conference, Situating August Wilson in the Canon and in the Curriculum that was conceived by English Department professor and nationally recognized August Wilson scholar, Dr. Sandra Shannon, and convened at Howard University.

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