August Wilson and Ferguson

The more I do this work the clearer I become that my art is my contribution to the battle for equity. Standing proudly on the ground of the dirt beneath the floor underneath the door of no return — I walk with Wilson looking backwards Nothing will ever be the same for me. Nor should it be for if ignorance is bliss then knowing is most likely painful. I will stay the path rocks and all until the song is sung.

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Wilson noted:

“I think my plays offer (white Americans) a different way to look at black Americans,” he told The Paris Review. “For instance, in ‘Fences’ they see a garbageman, a person they don’t really look at, although they see a garbageman every day. By looking at Troy’s life, white people find out that the content of this black garbageman’s life is affected by the same things – love, honor, beauty, betrayal, duty. Recognizing that these things are as much part of his life as theirs can affect how they think about and deal with black people in their lives.”[1]

I think August Wilson’s largest message to us is to remember.  He insist we remember our song, that we do our duty to life by remembering we were born free with dignity and everything. He is a Sankofa playwright capable of making the past come to life in the…

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About Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PhD

I create; therefore I am.
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2 Responses to August Wilson and Ferguson

  1. Pingback: Eight of Ten: Jitney, a Director’s Note | A.Nzinga's Blog

  2. mdowning1 says:

    I wanted to let you know that I direct the August Wilson Society through the American Literature Association. Next year’s conference (May 2016) is slated for San Francisco. I’ll put out a call for papers on the AW blog later this year (Fall 2015), for the May 2016 conference. So you can look for that. The 2016 conference is in your neck of the woods (I believe you’re in Oakland), so you might want to put it on your calendar and submit a proposal when the time comes. You may also contact me directly at any time: Thanks and keep up the good work. Mike Downing

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