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Timothy Tyson is Warren Wilson’s Activist in Residence this semester

Timothy Tyson, best known for his powerful memoir “Blood Done Sign My Name,” is Activist in Residence at Warren Wilson College until early March.

In addition to various student-focused activities both on and off campus, Tyson is making public presentations at Warren Wilson. On Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Tyson will lead a discussion after the film “Blood Done Sign My Name” is presented in Jensen Lecture Hall (room 308). On Feb. 10, he and musician/activist Mary Williams presented “The Vision of the Black South” in Ransom Fellowship Hall of the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church. He also preached at Warren Wilson Presbyterian.

Tyson currently is senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the Department of American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill; and visiting professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke Divinity School. His research recently played a decisive role in winning a pardon of innocence from N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue for the “Wilmington 10,” civil rights activists wrongfully convicted in the firebombing of a white-owned grocery store in 1971 and sentenced to a total of 282 years in prison.

Warren Wilson’s Activist in Residence program, sponsored by the Office of Spiritual Life, offers students, faculty and staff models of civic engagement along with the opportunity to consider pressing social justice concerns as a community.

For more details on Tyson’s public events at Warren Wilson, contact Brian Ammons, college chaplain and spiritual life director, at 828-771-3747 or bammons@warren-wilson.edu.

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