'Author of 'Blood Done Sign My Name,' to Speak at Lake Junaluska

Jul 28, 2014

Dr. Timothy Tyson, professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke Divinity School and author of the book "Blood Done Sign My Name," will speak at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2 in the auditorium of the Bethea Welcome Center, 91 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska Assembly.

Junaluska Associates, Junaluskan Book Review and Haywood County NAACP are co-sponsoring the event.

Tyson's book deals with the killing of a 23-year old black Vietnam vet by whites in Oxford, North Carolina in 1970. The book explores white supremacy and the racial history of North Carolina through a narrative that weaves together not only the story of the murder and the acquittal of the accused white men by an all-white jury and its aftermath, but also Tyson's own family story.

Tyson's father was the minister of the First United Methodist Church in Oxford at the time of the murder and was ultimately run out of the church for supporting civil rights. "Blood Done Sign My Name" won the Southern Book Award in 2005, the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, and has been adapted into a play as well as a movie which was filmed in North Carolina and released in 2010.

Tim Tyson has been deeply involved with the Forward Together Moral Movement and other social justice issues throughout the years, and he will reflect on some of those experiences in addition to his book.

For more information, contact forwardtogetherhaywood@gmail.com .