American Masters

August Wilson's Youth

Clip: 02/20/2015 | 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

Problems Playing Video? | Closed Captioning

Major support for American Masters is provided by AARP. Additional funding is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, Ellen and James …

A front row seat to the creative process

NEW PODCAST

A front row seat to the creative process

How do today’s masters create their art? Each week an artist reveals how they brought one of their iconic works to life. Hear from artists across disciplines, like filmmakers Errol Morris and M. Night Shyamalan, poet Jericho Brown, musician Kim Gordon, and more on our podcast "American Masters: Creative Spark."

SUBSCRIBE