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August Wilson, long championed by the Huntington, was honored by BU in 1996

Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright August Wilson received an honorary degree from BU in 1996.

Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright August Wilson was honored by BU in 1996. BU Photo Services

Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright August Wilson, who died October 2 at age 60, received an honorary degree from BU in 1996. Many of Wilson’s plays chronicling the struggles of African-Americans have been produced by the Huntington Theatre Company at the BU Theatre, including Gem of the Ocean last year. BU Photo Services