Wilson Center questions I
I don't get it. I don't understand why the August Wilson Center for African American Culture might close.
It seems to me everyone in the black community is sitting around, waiting for someone to save the place. Why?
Where is the massive outpouring of blacks' support for their cultural center? Where are the fundraisers? The bingos? The bake sales? The walk-a-thons?
Where are the students standing on street corners in Pittsburgh, including the Hill District, soliciting funds so their cultural center can be saved?
Where are the kids from the city schools, such as Brashear, Westinghouse, Obama Academy and Perry high schools, seeking donations during the lunch hour, asking kids to give up their lunch money to save this cultural mecca?
Surely, a concerted effort by Pittsburgh Public Schools with its students would be a valuable learning experience about responsibility to one's community.
Where are the donations from wealthy black bankers, movie stars and media moguls who can surely afford to pay the bankruptcy court a paltry $10 million?
I just don't get it. August Wilson's character Troy, in his drama “Fences,” may have said it best: “I done learned my mistake and learned to do what's right by it. You still trying to get something for nothing. Life don't owe you nothing. You owe it to yourself.”
The writer is a retired Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher.