As many may know, Viola Davis won best supporting actress at the Oscars for the movie “Fences” directed by Denzel Washington. Davis’ powerful acceptance speech will draw more people to Wilson’s work, as she gives tribute to Wilson for “exhuming and exalting the ordinary people.” Wilson’s work is very interesting and there is something for almost everyone to enjoy.
I give credit to James E. Walton for introducing the works of August Wilson to me during my undergraduate years at Fresno State. He impressed me with his work and dedicated spirit toward students’ success; therefore, while planning my English 125 class, I decided to share some of Mr. Walton’s training with my students.
It is ironic that Denzel Washington produced the movie at a time when I felt compelled to pay it forward by teaching the play. I am ecstatic over more attention being called toward Mr. Wilson’s work because my students can see the value in what they are learning here at Fresno City College.
Marvita Gowdy, Fresno