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Category Archives: 20 Years on Wilson’s ‘Ground’

August Wilson with Pittsburgh's Wiley Avenue Poets in the mid-1980s. [According to Southers their name was the Poets of the Centre Avenue Tradition]
August Wilson, center, with fellow Centre Avenue Poets Chawley P. Williams, Rob Penny, Maisha Baton, and Nick Flournoy in Pittsburgh in the mid-1980s. (Photo by Mark Clayton Southers)
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the historic speech playwright August Wilson delivered at the Theatre Communications Group conference in June 1996, we’re republishing the speech in its entirety in this issue, along with a wide range of reports, reflections, and responses from folks across the country on the impact, arguments, and legacy of the speech, and how it fits into Wilson’s body of work as an American artist and public intellectual.

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