On March 12, 1982, A Soldier's Play, A Work By Charles H. Fuller, Won The Pulitzer Prize For Drama. Fuller Is Only The Second Black Playwright To Win The Award.
A Soldier's Play Told The Story Of The Racially Charged Search By A Black Captain For The Murderer Of His Black Sergeant On A Louisiana Army Base In 1944.
Although The Play Enjoyed A Long Run, Fuller Has Said It Never Played On Broadway Because He Refused To Drop The Last Line: "You'll have to get used to Black people being in charge."
A Soldier's Play Was Made Into A 1984 Film, A Soldier's Story, For Which Fuller Himself Wrote The Screen Adaptation. His Screenplay Was Nominated For An Academy Award, A Golden Globe Award, And A Writers Guild Of America Award. It Won An Edgar Award.
Other Works By The Philadelphia Native Include: The Village: A Party, A.K.A. The Perfect Party (1968), The Sunflowers (1969) (A Group Of Plays), Untitled Play (1971), In My Many Names And Days (1972), In The Deepest Part Of Sleep (1974), Candidate (1974), First Love (1974) The Lay Out Letter (1975), The Brownsville Raid (1975) And Sparrow in Flight (1978).
In 1967 Charles Fuller Co-Founded The Afro-American Arts Theatre In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"In Order For Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It." -- Hubert Gaddy, Jr.