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Read Osha Gray Davidson’s The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South, and join the community-wide discussion. The Best of Enemies is a nonfiction account of an unlikely friendship that emerged in the 1960s in Durham, North Carolina, between civil rights activist Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis, who had joined the Ku Klux Klan as a young man and later transformed his perspective. Attend programs around the book’s themes to discuss important issues including race, identity, and culture.The Best of Enemies - paperback cover

Durham Reads Together strives to strengthen the community through a biennial celebration of reading. Programs are free and open to the public.

Upcoming events

Teen Poetry Workshop

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm

South Regional Library (S. Alston Ave.) (South - Children's Programming Room)

Join Mariah M. from Blackspace Poetry, for a writing workshop where participants will focus on how to construct a poem, and how to fine-tune freewrites. How do we make sense of what's in our mind? Do all poems have to rhyme? Open to teens ages 13 and up. 

Ages: Teen, Middle School, High School

Registration required

Teen Poetry Workshop - Durham Reads Together Teen Event

Monday, October 21, 2019 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm

East Regional Library (East - Children's Programming Room)

Join Mariah M w/Blackspace Poetry for a writing workshop. Focus will be: how to construct a poem & fine-tune freewrites. Bring your freewrites, thoughts scribbled or rant to the workshop. Ages 13+.

Ages: Teen

Documentary film screening "An Unlikely Friendship" - Durham Reads Together 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Durham Tech - ERC (Building 5) Auditorium

1637 East Lawson Street Durham, NC 27703

ERC (Building 5)

An Unlikely Friendship chronicles a surprising friendship that emerged between an embittered Ku Klux Klan leader and an outspoken black activist. Told in their own words, this rich and compelling story is as sincere as the protagonists themselves. In the early 1970s, Ann Atwater, a poor welfare mother, and C.P. Ellis, the Exalted Grand Cyclops of the Durham (North Carolina) Ku Klux Klan, were on opposing sides of the debate over public school integration. Initially, their relationship was fraught with distrust and hatred. Yet in working together and understanding one another, they formed a deep and loving friendship that continues to this day.

Filmmaker Dr‎. ‎Diane ‎Bloom will facilitate a discussion after the film‎. ‎This event is part of Durham Reads Together‎, ‎a community reads project in support of the book Best of Enemies by Osha Gray Davidson.

Ages: Adult

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About Durham Reads Together

Durham Reads Together strengthens the community through a biennial celebration of reading. By reading the same book, and attending programs around the theme, the community is inspired to discuss important issues including race, family, identity, religion, faith, education, art, culture, and music.