Ground on Which I Stand, The
Delivered as the keynote address of TCG’s 11th biennial TCG National Conference in June 1996, this fiercely passionate speech refocused the agenda of that conference. This is August Wilson’s personal call for African American artists to seize the power over their own cultural identity and establish permanent institutions that celebrate and preserve the singular achievements of African American dramatic art. This speech spurred months of debate about cultural diversity in the American theatre, culminating in a standing-room-only public debate with critic Robert Brustein, moderated by Anna Deavere Smith, at New York City’s Town Hall.
First TCG Edition: 2001