Tech's common read program to bring in authors of 'Picking Cotton'

Sep 24, 2012 | General News

The authors of the best-selling book “Picking Cotton” will speak to the Louisiana Tech community Tuesday, Oct. 2.
As part of Louisiana Tech’s First Year Experience program to integrate students into college life, all freshmen have a common reading assignment during their fall quarter. Tech has readopted “This I Believe II,” which features the authors of “Picking Cotton,” Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton.
Their book begins in 1984 when Thompson was a college student who was sexually assaulted. She wrongly identified Ronald Cotton as her assailant, which led to him spending 11 years in prison before a DNA sample proved his innocence.
Thompson reached out to Cotton in apology, and he forgave her. The two now travel the country to speak in favor of DNA testing and to protect the wrongly convicted.
The authors will begin their talk at 6 p.m. in Howard Auditorium. The authors will be available to sign copies of “Picking Cotton,” available at Barnes and Noble at Louisiana Tech.
This event is sponsored by the Louisiana Tech Student Government Association, Union Board, Interfraternity Council, Association for Women Students, the First Year Experience, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity and the Panhellenic Council.