American Masters

August Wilson's Youth

Clip: Season 29 Episode 2 | 1m 24s

August Wilson and two of his sisters recall his early school days, when he showed an early love of language and learning, and suffered daily insults for being black at a primarily white school. Wilson describes an instance when he timed his response to a bully to the words of the Pledge of Allegiance. This excerpt is from American Masters - August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand.

Aired: 02/20/15

Rating: NR

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