For at least a decade, downtown Durham art galleries, restaurants and bars have invited people for Third Friday to browse galleries, chat with artists, have a drink and perhaps dinner and mingle with others.
“Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience."
The Confederate flag – and its many siblings, whether battle flags or the regimental colors of a seceding state – may mean many things to different people, especially in this diverse region where the Lost Cause holds many still in its thrall.
Durham civic, business and political leaders have liked to savor in the past couple of years the fact Durham is at times mentioned in the same breath with the likes of Silicon Valley, Boston and Austin as a high-tech, entrepreneurial hub.
In Durham, there are almost daily reminders that “great things are happening” and young people and families clamor to live here.
It seems clear momentum is building to demand a change in state law that sharply constricts local boards of education in setting the calendar for the school year.
It is hard to read the apology of the Duke student who left a noose hanging from a tree near the university’s Bryan Center in late March without bemused head-shaking, at the least.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been wrestling for at least two years with a contentious passage in its code of student conduct.
It’s Saturday, and even though it won’t exactly be a bright, bright sunshiny day, at least it promises to be warmer and dryer than most of this past cool, wet week has been.
You may remember the case of Henry Lee McCollum.
McCollum was on North Carolina’s death row for 30 years. All the while, the state of North Carolina was poised to put McCollum to death – for a crime, it turned out, he did not commit.
Anyone new to Durham, or just indifferent about its past, certainly received an inescapable dose of its history with the just-concluded sesquicentennial of the Confederate surrender at Bennett Place, the largest troop capitulation of the Civil War.
It is a virtual cliché of modern urban life:
Teacher or parent asks a child where his or her food comes from, and the answer is some variant on the supermarket or the grocery store.
Before the store, of course, is the farm.
Durham Public Schools administrators have come to the rescue of hundreds of families who worried that their sons or daughters might have been stymied this summer on their path to that coveted teenage possession -- a driver’s license.