A film version of Professor Timothy Tyson’s best-selling memoir “Blood Done Sign My Name” opens in theaters across the country on Feb. 19.
The film, directed by Jeb Stuart and starring Ricky Schroder and Nate Parker, brings to the screen Tyson’s story of Oxford, N.C. in 1970. Both book and film focus on the racially-motivated killing of a 23-year-old black U.S. Army veteran and the following social upheaval, including riots, boycotts, marches, and the burning of two tobacco warehouses.
Tyson’s book, which was made into a play, has won numerous honors, including the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, the 2004 Christopher Award and the North Carolinian Award. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and it won Tyson the prestigious Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion in 2006.