Black History Month at WPCC
Western Piedmont Community College celebrates
Black History Month throughout February
Virtual Presentation of Mike Wiley in
BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME
Join us for this virtual presentation!
“Blood Done Sign My Name” is actor and playwright Mike Wiley’s riveting dramatization of Tim Tyson’s best-selling memoir of race and religion.
- Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. via Zoom
- Q&A session with Wiley to follow the performance.
- The show is limited to the first 100 viewers who enter the Zoom meeting.
About the Show:
In the spring of 1970, Henry “Dickie” Marrow, a 23-year-old U.S. Army veteran whose wife was pregnant with their third daughter, was beaten and shot to death by three white men who were later acquitted of the crime by an all-white jury, despite testimony by two black eyewitnesses. Roger Oakley, the stepson, actually confessed to shooting the gun. This hotheaded hate crime launched the small town of Oxford, NC, into a season of violent reprisals. Based on Tim Tyson’s award-winning memoir, Wiley’s compelling dramatization of the true life account of this 1970 racial murder feels frighteningly familiar, and all too current. Wiley has performed the one-man show in Oxford, NC, in the actual courthouse where the drama’s infamous murder trial took place. In 2017, the play was hosted in Atlanta as keynote of the international board meeting of Methodist Global Ministries. (Recommended for grades 7+).
Mike Wiley is a North Carolina-based actor and playwright whose compelling works of documentary theater yield rich and powerful journeys to milestones and turning points of a cultural history. With a remarkable ability to inspire dialog, his creative vision and talents are broad and magnetic, and he shares a gift that helps audiences and communities start to peel layers of misunderstanding. Mike will perform “Blood Done Sign My Name” live from, The Clayton Theater in eastern North Carolina – to be broadcast via live-stream to our students, faculty, staff and community. Watch Wiley in action with the video below.
Accommodations for the Presentation
WPCC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will make every effort to honor reasonable requests made by individuals with qualifying disabilities. Accommodations must be requested three business days in advance of school events or activities through the Office of Disability Services in Room 136 Hildebrand Hall or call (828) 448-3154.
The WPCC Library & Academic Success Center offers set following titles available for checkout during Black History Month.
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
- Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Die
- Letter to My Daughter
- Mother: A Cradle to Hold
- Oh Pray My Wings are Gonna Fit Me Well
- Baldwin: Early Novels and Stories
- The Devil Finds Work: An Essay
- If Beale Street Could Talk
- Just Above my Head
- No Name in the Street
- The Mamba Mentality: How I Play
Zora Neale Houston
- Moses, Man of the Mountain
- Mules and Men
- Their Eyes Are Watching God
- Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography
Henry Louis Gates
- Colored People: A Memoir
- Figures in Black: Words, Signs and the “Racial” Self
- The future of the race
- Gemini: An Extended Autobiographical Statement on My First Twenty-Five Years of Being a Black Poet
- Re: Concerning Creation
- The Women and the Me
- The Making of Black Lives Matter
- The Bluest Eye
- A Mercy
- Song of Solomon
- Tar Baby
- Toni Morrison: Profile of a Writer
- 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday
Call 828-448-6195 for more info.
More Resources for WPCC Students and Employees
Capt. George Shade, Tuskeegee Airman, speaks at WPCC in 2000.
*Warning: First video contains lynching scene.*
Find more videos like this on NC LIVE through the WPCC Library. These resources are available to students and require a WPCC username and password.
The general public is invited to participate in Black History Month events at WPCC.
WPCC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will make every effort to honor reasonable requests made by individuals with qualifying disabilities. Accommodations must be requested three business days in advance of school events or activities through the Office of Disability Services in Room 136 Hildebrand Hall. Call (828) 448-3154.