Events

All events are free and open to the public except for the Durham Library Foundation fundraising event on Saturday, October 4.

Date/Time Event
Saturday, October 4, 2014
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Free and open to the public

Durham Marches Together
Main Library, Durham NC

Join us for a unity march that celebrates Durham’s history and progress on civil rights. We will march from the Main Library to the new Civil Rights Mural, which is located beside the Durham Arts Council. A short rally will welcome Congressman John Lewis and his co-author Andrew Aydin and kick off Durham Reads Together. The mural depicts scenes of Durham’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

Rain or shine.

Yes, I’m Coming! See Who’s Coming

Saturday, October 4, 2014
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Free and open to the public

Durham Reads Together Kickoff
B.N. Duke Auditorium, North Carolina Central University, Durham NC

Join Congressman John Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin for a reading and discussion of Lewis’ graphic memoir, March: Book One. March is a vivid first-hand account of Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, a contemporary meditation on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader Civil Rights Movement. March: Book One was the winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and is a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. It is a Reader’s Digest Graphic Novel that Every Grown-Up Should Read. It was a New York Times and Washington Post bestseller and an American Library Association Notable Book. A book signing will follow the reading.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

$75 per person

Dessert Reception with Congressman John Lewis
Hill House, Durham NC

A Fundraiser presented by Durham Library Foundation

Join Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin for a dessert reception at Hill House. Meet Congressman Lewis in one of the most historic homes in Durham, John Sprunt Hill’s elegant mansion. Durham Library Foundation is in the midst of a $1.5 million dollar campaign for the library. The campaign will help to purchase a new bookmobile, enhance humanities programming and expand the local history archives. Sponsored by North Carolina Mutual Insurance Agency and Mechanics and Farmers Bank. $75.00 per ticket.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Durham Remembers Together
Hayti Heritage Center, Durham NC

Join Congressman John Lewis and Frank Stasio, host of WUNC’s The State of Things, for a conversation about the March on Washington and the Civil Rights Movement, past and present. Those who attended the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom will be recognized at the program. This event is co-sponsored by the Hayti Heritage Center. A book signing will follow the event.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Film Screening: Freedom Summer
Main Library, Durham NC

As part of the John Hope Franklin Center’s Stanley Nelson Film Series, join us for a screening of the PBS documentary Freedom Summer, which was directed by Nelson. Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964, known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi, which was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states. The film will be introduced by John Gartrell, Director of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture, at Duke University.

The question and answer period will be led by Charlie Cobb, a field secretary in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from 1962-1967. Cobb was instrumental in developing Freedom Schools in Mississippi. This program is co-sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture and UNC-TV.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Film Screening: February One
East Regional Library, Durham NC

Join Dr. Steven Channing, historian and executive producer, and producer Rebecca Cerese for a screening of their award-winning documentary, February One. Based largely on first-hand accounts and rare archival footage, the film documents one volatile winter in Greensboro that not only challenged public accommodation customs and laws in North Carolina, but served as a blueprint for the wave of nonviolent civil rights protests that swept across the South and the nation throughout the 1960s. This program is co-sponsored by the Southern Documentary Fund.

Friday, October 10, 2014
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Visual Imagery and the Civil Rights Movement
Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center, Durham NC

Join Gail Williams for a presentation and discussion of the impact of visual images from March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Williams is an artist, educator and career counselor. This program is co-sponsored by Durham Comics Fest.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Film Screening: White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books
Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, Durham NC

In this thought provoking, interactive documentary film screening of White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in American Comic Books and community dialogue, Georgia State University professor of African-American Studies Jonathan Gayles critically discusses the contemporary societal relationships and 40-year evolution of black superheroes in American comic books. He examines how their portrayal is predicated on the longstanding backdrop of American racial history which often portrayed African-American men in overtly negative and stereotypical ways. This program is co-sponsored by Durham Comics Fest.

Sunday, October 12, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Meet the Author: Howard Fuller
Hayti Heritage Center, Durham NC

Howard Fuller will read from his just-published autobiography, No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform (co-authored with Lisa Frazier Page). The book will capture the attention of anyone interested in civil rights, black power or the education of the nation’s children. It will be of special interest to Durhamites, since Fuller, distinguished professor of education and founder and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University, was hired as a community organizer for Durham’s Operation Breakthrough in 1965 and later founded Malcolm X University. A book signing will follow the reading. This event is co-sponsored by the Hayti Heritage Center.

Monday, October 13, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Durham’s Civil Rights Mural
Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, Durham NC

Join muralist Brenda Miller Holmes for a panel discussion on the creation and vision of Durham’s new Civil Rights Mural. Begun in 2013 with 30 diverse community members, ages 15-65, the mural was collaboratively designed with help from many different individuals. The painting began in June 2014 and covers 2,400 square feet. It honors many of Durham’s citizens who fought for civil rights and equality for all.

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