A Brief Historical Overview of Tim Stevens’ Involvement with the August Wilson African American Cultural Center




Efforts to save the August Wilson Cultural Center

“The August Wilson Center was designed as the hub of African-American culture in our city and it is vital for it to remain so” - Tim Stevens, April 2014

Image from James Knox of the TribTotal Media

Image from James Knox of the TribTotal Media


 

Removal and Restoration of “African-American” on the August Wilson Cultural Center


“Our goal was to put African-American back on the building, and one of the suggestions I have for the board moving forward would be to get a commitment from them that this language will stay, and this issue will be resolved quickly”

- Tim Stevens, March 2019

Petition started by Renee Wilson, community activist and cousin of August Wilson,    on Change.org    to restore African American back to the August Wilson Center permanently.

Petition started by Renee Wilson, community activist and cousin of August Wilson, on Change.org to restore African American back to the August Wilson Center permanently.

Tim Stevens’ official statement to Janis Burley Wilson, CEO and President of the August Wilson Center, and Ronald Lee Newman, Manager of the August Wilson Center. regarding the removal of “African-American” from the building name.

 
We heard from our friends and allies the depth of feeling associated with having ‘African American’ present in the institutional branding, and we believe it is an upside compromise to include it
— Janis Burley Wilson