In the days following the 1960 wave of sit-ins begun in Greensboro, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Durham to tour downtown lunch counters and give a speech at White Rock Baptist Church.
In his Feb. 16, 1960, sermon, he urged students not to fear jail if they were arrested for standing up for their rights. He delivered the sermon at the church’s building which was later demolished for the Durham Freeway. On Sunday, King’s speech will be re-enacted at White Rock Baptist where it stands now on Fayetteville Street.
Victoria Gallagher and Matt May, professors at N.C. State University and rhetorical communication scholars, approached the church for a project they’re working on to re-create the speech digitally and study how oral recordings are perceived in different settings at different times.
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The merger of YO:Durham, which was started by Durham Congregations In Action, and Partners for Youth, another local nonprofit, is almost complete. YO:Durham leaders were recognized at DCIA’s monthly meeting this week, during which resolutions were also passed transferring money from YO:Durham, which received funding from DCIA, to the new venture called Partners for Youth Opportunity. The merger was first announced this past winter and will be official June 30. Both small nonprofits worked with at-risk youth – YO:Durham through internships and job training, and PFY primarily with teenagers in Southwest Durham. Partners for Youth Opportunity will incorporate the missions of both.
The Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, revealed revised plans for a new diocese cathedral in Raleigh this week. The new design is the result of a campaign soliciting feedback and pledges from parishioners at 400 churches in the diocese that stretches from Burlington to the Outer Banks.
The Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, to be built in Raleigh near the N.C. State University Centennial Campus, will be the mother church for the diocese and the bishop’s home parish. Burbidge told media Tuesday that his hope, dream and prayer has been to build a mother church to gather all of the diocese to worship as one. There are 231,000 registered Catholics in the diocese as well as an estimated 200,000 Hispanic parishioners.
Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church was founded during one war and moved to Durham during another. Current church members aren’t sure exactly who founded Mount Level Missionary Baptist, but what they do know is it was started in 1864 – the year between the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War. And they know it was built on the level part of a hill in Butner long before it was Camp Butner.
The historically African-American church stayed in Butner until the U.S. Army used the land for the training camp during World War II. It held its last service in the white wooden church in 1943, which was then was dismantled plank by plank and rebuilt on Hebron Road in Durham in 1944, on the north side of the city. Later, the building was bricked in, and later still the building was turned into a fellowship hall when a new sanctuary was built in 1995.
Circles of Support and Accountability, the circle networks that work with sex offenders returning to the Durham community, needs volunteers. The circles were created with the purpose of “no more victims.”
Drew Doll, COSA coordinator, said he needs at least 10 people to come to an introductory training session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 17 at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church. Doll told a gathering of Durham Congregations In Action, which helped start the local COSA, that only three people have signed up so far.
Durham Congregations In Action members learned about changes to North Carolina voting laws and how it could impact their congregations during its monthly meeting this week. DCIA is a collaboration of about 60 congregations.
Adam Sotak, organizing director of Democracy North Carolina, was the guest speaker at the event held at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.