Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Louisville are co-hosting the premier of the new film, Blood Done Sign My Name,
which is based on the Timothy Tyson memoir that received the 2007 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. The movie was released in late February to generally favorable reviews, and its Louisville premier will take place at the University’s Floyd Theater during Grawemeyer Week, April 11 through 14.
The film will be offered for general admission on Tuesday, April 13, and Wednesday, April 14, at 2 p.m. each day. The charge is $3 per person; $1.50 per student with ID. The student rate is applicable for all students from Louisville Seminary, UofL, and all Metroversity schools. The film runs for approximately two hours.
Tyson, a North Carolina scholar, earned the 2007 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his memoir analyzing the social and spiritual effects of a racially motivated murder in his hometown. In 1970, Tyson was 11 years old and living in Oxford, N.C., when two white men murdered a young black man, Henry Marrow, in cold blood. Marrow’s killers were unjustly acquitted, provoking riots and social upheaval. In his Grawemeyer-winning book, Tyson examines the killing and its aftermath from many angles, and intersperses narration of the historical events with recent interviews of principle players in the real-life drama, including one of the alleged murderers. Tyson also recounts the personal impact of the events, which included the forced resignation of his father, a progressive white Methodist minister, from his pastorate.
The film, written and directed by Jeb Stuart and starring Nate Parker, Lela Rochon, and Omar Benson Miller, is based on Tyson’s story and further illustrates how the “African American community organized and crippled the tobacco economy of North Carolina, which has not recovered to this day. Their actions empowered many young people who went on to become national leaders, among them Rev. Dr. Ben Chavis, former Executive Director of the NAACP and currently Co-Chairman with Russell Simmons of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network.”
The week of April 11 through April 14 is also Grawemeyer Week, when the University of Louisville presents the 2010 Grawemeyer Awards in music composition, education, psychology, ideas improving world order, and religion. The $200,000 Grawemeyer Award in Religion is given jointly by Louisville Seminary and the University of Louisville.
Each award recipient will present a public lecture: