The Durham Herald: Durham's Civil Rights Heritage

Aug. 03, 2013 @ 11:44 AM

Durham’s Civil Rights Heritage

In 1944 the North Carolina Central University basketball team and Duke University’s medical school team defied Jim Crow laws and the mores of the time to play an interracial game.

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 12:24 PM

Durham’s Civil Rights Heritage

Although the explicit purpose of beauty parlors and beauty schools was not political protest, African-American women saw no need to check their political and racial justice ideas and work at the door.

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 03:37 PM

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A 1950s classroom at DeShazor’s Beauty School. African-American beauticians played an important and often unrecognized role in promoting civil rights in Durham.

Jul. 19, 2013 @ 08:55 AM

Durham's Civil Rights Heritage

The Selective Buying Campaign began July 28, 1968, when an organization called the Black Solidarity Committee for Community Improvement (BSCCI) issued a 15-page memorandum to the Durham Chamber of Commerce and Merchants Association.

Jul. 13, 2013 @ 12:07 PM

Durham’s Civil Rights Heritage

Jack Bond became Durham County’s first African-American county manager in 1985.

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 10:55 AM

Durham’s Civil Rights Heritage

In July 1971 Ann Atwater, militant activist for housing reform, and C. P. Ellis, exalted cyclops of Durham’s Ku Klux Klan, were asked to serve as co-chairs of a series of meetings to address the integration of Durham city schools.

Jun. 29, 2013 @ 10:52 AM

Durham’s Civil Rights Heritage

Clyde Cox (d. 1970) was one of the first two African-American police officers in Durham and the first black detective in the state of North Carolina. He and James B. Samuel were hired July 1, 1944.

Jun. 19, 2013 @ 10:56 PM

Durham's Civil Rights Heritage

On June 23, 1957, Rev. Douglas Moore of Durham’s Asbury Temple Methodist Church led seven African-American students, five of whom are pictured here, into the segregated Royal Ice Cream Parlor.

Jun. 15, 2013 @ 05:12 PM

Durham’s Civil Rights Heritage

William A. Marsh Jr., is a Durham attorney who used his legal skills to advance Durham’s movement for civil rights.

Jun. 08, 2013 @ 06:15 PM

Durham’s Civil Rights Heritage

As editor and publisher of Durham's historically black newspaper, The Carolina Times, Louis Austin was a spokesman for black rights decades before the Montgomery bus boycott or Brown v. Board of Education, in a time when the Ku Klux Klan was an active threat.