Thursday, June 20, 2013

Durham County Library Hosts Civil Rights in Durham, 1963 Stories and Pop-Up Museum

1963 was a pivotal year for the civil rights movement, both in Durham and across the United States.

Durham County Library will host Eddie Davis as he explores the history of Durham in 1963, a year during which many critically important events changed the local civil rights landscape. Davis will moderate a multi-racial panel of citizens who played vital roles in the quest for the integration of some of Durham’s most cherished educational institutions, restaurants and theaters. A community conversation about the broadening and the evolution of human and civil rights will follow the panel discussion. Participants are encouraged to join the conversation by bringing an old photo or family treasure for the Durham Civil Rights "Pop-Up Museum" happening alongside the program. The event will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St..

Davis worked as a high school English teacher in North Carolina for more than 30 years and is a former president of the N.C. Association of Educators. He has worked with students and with the community to bring attention to Durham’s often-overlooked civil rights history and educational issues.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation and co-sponsored by the Museum of Durham History. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit
Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

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