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Author Timothy Tyson to speak at Wofford College Dec. 2

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Timothy Tyson, author of “Blood Done Sign My Name,” which tells the story of the racial and sexual tension surrounding a 1970 lynching in his hometown of Oxford, N.C., will speak at Wofford College on Thursday, Dec. 2, at an 11 a.m. convocation. The event will be held in Leonard Auditorium of Main Building, and is free and open to the public.

Tyson, a professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, writes about the history of African-American freedom movements in the 20th century South.

“Blood Done Sign My Name,” published in May of this year, tells the story of a racial murder and black uprising when Tyson was 11. The father of one of his friends murdered a young black man and Black Power radicals “fought back with fire.” Tyson’s first book, “Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy,” won the 1999 Outstanding Book Award from The Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in America. His second book, “Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power,” won the James Rawley Prize and the Frederick Jackson Turner Award, both from the Organization of American Historians.

His course “Freedom Ride 2001: Sites and Sounds of the Freedom Struggle” won the Best Summer School Course from the National Association of Summer School Sessions.

Tyson has been selected as Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. A native of North Carolina, he is a founding member of the Harmony Bar Writers Collection. He is a graduate of Emory University and received his Ph.D. from Duke University. He and his wife, Perri Morgan, and their children live in Madison.

He currently is working on another book, “Deep River: African American Freedom Movements in the 20th Century South.”