August Wilson’s Statement on The Role of Black Theatre
- To correct distortions of Black history.
- To reclaim a collective Black mindset.
- To restore Black spirits crushed by white oppressors.
- To rebuild Black dignity and self esteem.
- To state Black issues in vernacular terms.
- To provide a venue and source of income for Black talent.
- To showcase Black tastes, values, and autonomy.
- To present characters and stories that uplift the Black self-image.
- To celebrate the endurance of a Black minority in an overwhelmingly white society.
- To legitimize Black ethics, pride and values in theatricals that are uniquely African American.
(excerpted from The Ground on Which I Stand, 1996)
To connect with our Africana historical and cultural roots.