Color of Water to Air on Mount Union College's WRMU 91.1 FM

April 05, 2010

A reading of the One Book One Community selection "The Color of Water" by James McBride will be aired on WRMU 91.1 FM, Mount Union College's student-run radio station.


Each week, six chapters will be aired on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., beginning on Wednesday, March 24. In an effort to meet the scheduling needs of all community members, chapters will be re-aired on Thursdays at 1 a.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m.

Week one (March 24, 25, 28) will include a reading of chapters one through six. During week two (March 31, April 1, 4) chapters seven through 12 will be heard and week three (April 7, 8, 11) will feature chapters 13 through 18. The conclusion of the book will be aired during week four (April 14, 15, 18) with chapters 19 through 25 and the epilogue.

Co-sponsored by Rodman Public Library, Mount Union College, the Greater Alliance Foundation and "The Alliance Review," one of the goals of the program is to prompt discussions and produce community bonds where citizens of all socio-economic backgrounds become linked by reading the same book.

"The Color of Water," which spent two years on the "New York Times" Bestseller List, is a memoir of a son (McBride) who grew up not knowing he was bi-racial since his mother, who was Jewish and married to an African-American, insisted on hiding her ethnicity. In the book, McBride, an Oberlin College graduate, writes a powerful portrait about growing up and a narrative about race and identity.

Alliance residents Aaron Hill, and ordained minister and member of Second Baptist Church, and Melissa Smith, director of public affairs at Mount Union College, will be narrating the book. Hill will read the chapters expressing the thoughts of McBride and Smith will narrate those of the mother.

For more information on the One Book One Community project, please visit the Rodman Public Library website.

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