Letters to the editor
Proud of Durham
What a wonderful editorial (“Events reflect a proud diversity," Aug. 9)! Durham is a vastly different place than the one I left in 1964 when I graduated from Duke (I was a senior when the first black undergraduates were admitted).
When I retired after 40 years in the Midwest and was free to go anywhere I wanted, Durham was the only choice. But admittedly that had almost everything to do with Duke and the need to be near, but not in, South Carolina, where I grew up. I came back to a find a city that not only had changed along with the country, it is, as you pointed out, a harbinger of things to come.
I am so proud of Durham, and everyone I know feels the same way. Yes, we have our problems, but there seems to be a collective will to keep forging ahead. How good it was to see this recognized so clearly and comprehensively in today's editorial. Thanks to all at The Herald-Sun who had input.
J. Ann Cothran
Chambers at NCCU
I am writing in reference to your editorial published in the newspaper August 5, regarding the recently deceased Julius Chambers entitled, “He Would Not Be Deterred.”
I felt it was an outstanding article paying tribute to a great American. However, you failed to include the fact that Chambers attended undergraduate school at North Carolina College at Durham, currently named, North Carolina Central University. You state that Mr. Chambers “…had wanted to attend UNC in the mid-1950’s, but racial prejudice blocked his way. So he gained a master’s degree at the University of Michigan…” A more appropriate and chronological follow-up to the statement that he wanted to attend UNC would have been “so he enrolled in North Carolina College and earned his bachelor’s degree there. Then he went on to gain a master’s degree from the University of Michigan...”
It is important to include all of the facts. He attended NCC(U) from 1954 to 1958. His attendance at NCC(U) was an important part of his education and helped to make him the great man he became. Moreover, it is significant that he became Chancellor of the institution where he was a student. One can only imagine that it gave him some insight into how it felt to be a student there and hopefully impacted his leadership at that institution.
I would ask that you please correct this oversight on your part.
Gloria S. Green
(A news story on Mr. Chambers’ death on A1 of The Herald-Sun Aug. 4 included mention of his undergraduate study at N. C. Central.)