History and MissionAugust Wilson 14

The August Wilson Society (AWS) was founded in 2005 by a group of scholars at Howard University shortly after the passing of Mr. Wilson at age 60.  In 2016, on the heels of the international August Wilson Conference at Howard in October, the group has formalized, elected officers, and is working to become a resource providing access to expert speakers, educational materials, and scholarly opportunities related to August Wilson.

The Society defines itself as an interdisciplinary learning community dedicated to commemorating Mr. Wilson by promoting the studying, the teaching, the researching, and the ultimate safeguarding of the rich legacy that Wilson has bequeathed to us in the form of 10 plays that chronicle the stories of African Americans from 1904 to 1997.

For more information, contact president Sandra Shannon or director of communication Michael Downing.


AWS Officers: 2017-2019august-wilson-society-logo-jan-2017-1

Sandra Shannon, Howard University

Director of Communication
Michael Downing, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Website Manager
Kamili Anderson, Howard University

Laurence Glasco, University of Pittsburgh

Membership Coordinators
Ladrica Menson-Furr, University of Memphis
Shondrika Moss-Bouldin, Kennesaw State University

Educational Outreach
Chris Bell, University of North Georgia
Artisia Green, College of William and Mary



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