Collins-Sibley to Present Book Review of "Color of Water"

June 01, 2010

Dr. Michelle Collins-Sibley, associate professor of English and director of the liberal studies program at Mount Union College, will hold a book review of "The Color of Water," the selected reading for "One Book - One Community," on Monday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Rodman Public Library auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.


Dr. Michelle Collins-Sibley

Dr. Michelle Collins-Sibley

Collins-Sibley has been the recipient of the Governor's Humanitarian Award, given by the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission, for her work to promote diversity.

She received her A.B. degree from Stanford University, a master's degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Ph. D. from the State University of New York at Birmingham.

One Book-One Community is a community-wide reading program that encourages citizens within the same community to read the same book, followed by discussions of the issues that emerge from the book. In its inaugural year in Alliance, the One Book - One Community committee selected "The Color of Water," by James McBride. The book is a memoir of a son who grew up not knowing he was bi-racial since his mother, who was Jewish and married to an African-American man, insisted on hiding her ethnicity.

Author McBride will visit Alliance to culminate the program on April 29. Details about the One Book - One Community program can be found on the website at

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