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Author Timothy Tyson to Discuss Book

Averett's Authors on Campus Series is pleased to host author Timothy Tyson at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 in Pritchett Auditorium. Tyson is the author of "Blood Done Sign My Name." His presentation will include a performance by Afro-American history studies performer Mary D. Williams. The event is free and open to the public.

"Blood Done Sign My Name," is a memoir and historical account of the murder of a black man, Henry Marrow, in Oxford, N.C. in 1970. The murder led to an African American uprising across eastern North Carolina and helped establish local civil rights activist Ben Chavis' leadership in the civil rights movement. The book has been made into an independent film that will come out later this year.

The book won the Southern Book Award for Nonfiction, Grawemeyer Award from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the Christopher Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Tyson, a visiting professor at Duke University's Divinity School, also wrote "Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power." He was co-editor with David Cecelski of "Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy." He has written articles for "Journal of American History," "Christian Century," "Transforming Anthropology" and "The Crisis."

Williams, an Afro-American history studies performer, has focused on song and narrative of the Black South for more than 20 years. Along with Tyson, she has taught "The South in Black and White: History, Culture and Politics in the 20th Century South."

Averett's Authors on Campus Series is a component of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Reading Critically for Success.

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