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.
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.
Jack Bond became Durham County’s first African-American county manager in 1985.
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.
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.
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.
William A. Marsh Jr., is a Durham attorney who used his legal skills to advance Durham’s movement for civil rights.
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.