Blood Done Sign My Name: Host Melinda Penkava talks with Timothy Tyson, the author of “Blood Done Sign My Name” (Crown/2004). Tyson, a professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, grew up in the small North Carolina town of Oxford. In 1970, when Tyson was ten years old, an African-American man named Henry Marrow was killed outside a store in broad daylight by a white man. The incident enflamed racial tensions and touched off rioting in the town. Tyson’s book, which is part historical account and part memoir, has been selected by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as its recommended reading for incoming students. (54:00)
(This portion of the program originally aired May 24, 2004.)
Leaving Eden: Laurelyn Dosset is a singer songwriter with the North Carolina based band Polecat Creek. When she wrote the song “Leaving Eden,” she thought of it as a personal story, but when several media outlets asked to use her lyrics in their stories about textile quotas, she found herself joining ranks with the likes of Si Kahn and Woody Guthrie.