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
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Meet the Author: Janice Mack Guess
North Regional Library, Durham NC

Join us for a reading and discussion of Janice Mack Guess’ memoir, Little Colored Girls Want to Wear Pearls Too. Guess tells the story of the challenges she and her siblings faced when they, along with 16 other African-American children, desegregated Durham City Schools in 1964 at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. She writes from the perspective of a 12-year-old girl who attended the formerly all-white Brogden Junior High School. The stories of these brave children are important to all who wish to understand the history of our community and schools. A book signing will follow the reading.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Durham Sings Together: Songs of the Civil Rights Movement
Hayti Heritage Center, Durham NC

Dr. Martin Luther King said “The freedom songs are playing a strong and vital role in our struggle.” Join us for an intramural celebration of the freedom songs and spirituals that provided comfort and strength to the civil rights workers in jail and during marches. Duke University’s United in Praise Choir, the Durham Technical Community College Choir and the North Carolina Central University Alumni Choir will offer an evening of these inspirational songs. This event is co-sponsored by the Hayti Heritage Center.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free and open to the public

The Story of the Long Civil Rights Movement in Durham, North Carolina
South Regional Library, Durham NC

Join André Vann, North Carolina Central University’s coordinator of archives and instructor of public history, as he moderates a panel discussion of the Long Civil Rights Movement in Durham from 1954 to 1964. Panelists will discuss “Blue Case,” “Woolworth Lunch Counter,” “1963 Sit-ins” and “The 1964 Freedom Riders” and their participation in these events. This program is co-sponsored by North Carolina Central University Archives, Records and History.

Panelists and Honored Guests

Rev. Michael D. Page
NCCU Campus Minister/Chair, Durham County Board of Commissioners

Dr. Jerry Gershenhorn
Professor of History, NCCU

Eddie Davis
Community Historian/Durham City Council Member

Virginia Williams
Civil Rights Activist and “The Royal Seven” Member

Walter Jackson
Civil Rights Activist and Community Activist

Janice Mack-Guess
Civil Rights Activist and Author

Honorable Wense Grabarek
Mayor 1963-1971, Durham, NC

Vivian McCoy
Civil Rights and Community Activist

John C. Skeepie Scarborough
Community Historian and Businessman and Mortician

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Free and open to the public

SNCC and John Lewis
Main Library, Durham NC

Join Dr. Wesley Hogan for a discussion of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the young John Lewis’ involvement. SNCC’s work throughout the South in the 1960s was perhaps the boldest experiment in freedom of the Civil Rights Movement. Its use of grassroots activism and democratic practice helped change the focus of the movement overall. Hogan is the author of Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC’s Dream for a New America and is a noted documentary historian of the Civil Rights Movement. She is the director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. A book signing will follow the talk. This program is co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free and open to the public

The Social Gospel and the Civil Rights Movement
Main Library, Durham NC

In what ways were the nonviolent protests of the 1960s influenced by religious teachings? What happens when individuals apply Christian ethics to social problems, like racial inequality? WUNC’s Frank Stasio will moderate a group of expert panelists to both investigate the religious roots of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and discuss the present-day intersection of religious thought and social reform. Panelists include Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman, professor at Duke Divinity School; Rev. Jimmie Hawkins from Covenant Presbyterian Church; Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove from Rutba House and director of the School for Conversion; and Dr. Jarvis Hall, professor at North Carolina Central University and director of the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Teen Auto-Bio Comics
East Regional Library, Durham NC

Join illustrator Eric Knisley for this creative event! Knisley will demonstrate and teach tweens and teens basic comic drawing techniques. In honor of the Durham Reads Together book, March: Book One, participants will draw a comic illustrating one important moment or event in their lives. Bring your doodling ideas, and join the fun! Refreshments provided. This program is co-sponsored by Durham Comics Fest.

Sunday, October 26, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Free and open to the public

The Comic Book that Changed the World
Southwest Regional Library, Durham NC

Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story coverJoin Andrew Aydin, co-author of March: Book One, for a talk on the comic book that inspired John Lewis to write March. Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story was published in December 1957 by the Fellowship of Reconciliation. This comic inspired Lewis and many other young activists to join the movement and use the principles of nonviolence to battle racial discrimination. The comic has a long history of inspiring activists and has been used in South Africa, Uruguay, Vietnam, Egypt and Latin America. This program is co-sponsored by Durham Comics Fest and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. The full Comics Fest schedule and more information can be found at durhamcomicsfest.org.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Songs of the Freedom Movement with Lois Deloatch
Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, Durham NC

Join jazz vocalist Lois Deloatch for an evening of song. Deloatch has headlined concerts throughout the United States and internationally. She is noted for her rich contralto voice and expansive repertoire, which melds sacred, secular, traditional and contemporary music. She has received numerous awards for her talent and community service including the Shirley Caesar Community Service Award, Indy Arts Award and an Emerging Artist Award. Deloatch will be accompanied by renowned guitarist Scott Sawyer. A CD sale will follow the concert.

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

Free and open to the public

We Who Believe in Freedom: The Next Civil Rights Generation
Main Library, Durham NC

Join Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs for the conclusion of Durham Reads Together as she moderates a panel of young activists who are continuing the Civil Rights Movement in the 21st century as they work for voting rights, queer liberation, birth justice, gender justice, immigrant rights and the end of the school-to-prison pipeline. Gumbs is the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind and the co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming project.

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