DLL Presents: Blood Done Sign My Name
In honor of Black History, DLL proudly presents a theatrical performance by acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley. Admission is free, open to the public and recommended for school grades 7 and up.
Digital and Lifelong Learning is presenting Blood Done Sign My Name, a Mikey Wiley production, on February 27 from 3-5pm at the Friday Conference Center.
In Blood Done Sign My Name, Mike Wiley brings to life the recollections of author Tim Tyson surrounding the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow in Oxford, NC and the events that followed. Marrow, who was black, was chased from a local store by three white men after he reportedly made a crude remark to one of the men’s wives. They brutally beat Marrow then killed him with a bullet to the head in view of multiple witnesses. Despite the eyewitness reports, an all-white jury acquitted the men. The town’s black community responded with an uprising that destroyed downtown businesses and several tobacco warehouses holding millions of dollars in harvested crops. Tyson, who was a ten-year-old child in Oxford at the time, recounts how the conflagration of events shaped his life and offers all of us an opportunity to examine our own roles in the complex and often confusing racial fabric of America.