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Sept. 21, 2007

Public discussions set for 'One Community, One Book' project

Community members participating in the seventh annual reading project, "One Community, One Book," will have opportunities to meet other readers and share their reactions at any of the eight community discussion forums scheduled from mid-September through November. This year's book is "Blood Done Sign My Name," by Timothy B. Tyson, who will visit Iowa City for a public lecture and discussion session from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Pomerantz Career Center.

The book, published by Random House in 2004, is the true story of 23-year-old Henry Marrow, who was murdered in 1973. In the wake of the killing, young African-Americans took to the streets. The author's father, the pastor of Oxford's all-white Methodist church, urged the town to come to terms with its bloody racial history. In the end, however, the Tyson family was forced to move away. Tyson returns to Oxford 30 years later to make sense of what happened and how the events changed his life. As he weaves together childhood memories with the realities of present-day Oxford, he sheds new light on America's struggle for racial justice.

"Blood Done Sign My Name" won the Southern Book Award for Nonfiction. Tyson, a North Carolina native, teaches and writes about the history of African-American freedom movements in the 20th-century South. He holds appointments in the department of history at Duke and in the department of American studies at the University of North Carolina.

This communitywide reading project is sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) and a variety of community and university groups and organizations. It is open to all community members interested in broadening their understanding of human rights through reading. The project runs through Nov. 6.

A schedule of the upcoming community forums, which are all free and open to the public, follows:

Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m.: West High School Library; Facilitator: Beth Belding and Denise Rehmke, or

Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon: Johnson County Senior Center, Room 208, 28 S. Linn Street, Iowa City; Facilitator: Julie Seal,

Sept. 26, Noon to 1 p.m.: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A; Facilitator: Jason Paulios,

Oct. 4, 7 p.m.: Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Coral Ridge Mall; Facilitator: Rachel Kerns,

Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.: North Liberty Community Library; Facilitator: Jennie Garner,

Oct. 23, 7 a.m.: Iowa City AM Rotary Club, Masonic Temple, 310 E. College St.; Facilitator: Pat Schnack,

Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.: Solon Area Book Club, Solon Public Library; Facilitator: Jacque Deaton,

Nov. 6, 3:30 p.m.: City High School Library; Facilitator: Andrea Frederickson,

For additional information on these forums or special accommodations to attend any of these readings, contact Liz Crooks, UICHR, at 319-335-3900 or

For details about the overall project, visit the UICHR Web site at where discussion notes and questions are posted.

"One Community, One Book" began in 2001, and is sponsored by the following: UICHR; UI Charter Committee on Human Rights; the UI Departments of English and History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the UI Alumni Association; Hancher Auditorium; International Programs; the International Writing Program; University Book Store; UI Libraries; Iowa City Human Rights Commission; the Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty Public Libraries; Hills Bank & Trust Company; Iowa Book LLC; Iowa State Bank and Trust; and Prairie Lights Books. Iowa City High School and West High School are also participating.

UICHR is a part of University of Iowa International Programs, which enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Joan Nashelsky, UICHR, 319-335-3900,; Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026,; Lois Gray, University News Services, 384-0077,