Written by: Catherine O'Neill

‘Meet Me at the Bridge’ offers faith, friendship to Durham residents experiencing homelessness

By Catherine O'Neill and Nicole Caporaso

April 19, 2017

  As semi-trucks rumble noisily overhead, a sizable crowd gathers for food, faith and fellowship under the Durham Freeway Bridge. Even on snowy winter days and humid summer afternoons, you can find Pastor David Smith and his wife, Cheryl, beneath the bridge on the third Saturday of every month. As drivers honk their horns and […]

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Poise and passion: celebrating black women in performance

By Catherine O'Neill

April 5, 2017

Ajua Arnette may only be 7 years old, but give her a microphone and a costume and she commands the stage. A first-grader at Sandy Ridge Elementary, Ajua was one of the many performers at Hayti Heritage Center in Durham for Wimmin@Work 2017—an afternoon of artistic performances in honor of “Wimmin’s History Month” celebrated on […]

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Antioch Baptist Church honors community pioneers for Black History Month

By Catherine O'Neill

March 1, 2017

  The pews of Antioch Baptist Church were packed Sunday afternoon as members of the Durham community gathered to celebrate the church’s annual Black History Month honorees. The ceremony, which lasted for two hours, included song, dance, poetry and prayer. Attendees heard the vocal arrangements of Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Male […]

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Historic Thousands on Jones Street lives up to its name

By Bryce Lapping and Catherine O'Neill

February 15, 2017

  Tens of thousands of people packed the streets for Saturday’s Historic Thousands on Jones Street event in Raleigh, lead by the N.C. NAACP.  According to the event’s organizers, this number exceeded the march’s previous record from 2014. The march was bookended by speeches outside of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts at […]

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Empty church on Main Street still home to growing congregation

By Catherine O'Neill

February 1, 2017

The old church building might be empty, but the congregation is packed. At 11 on a Sunday morning, you can find members of the Church of the Apostolic Revival International just a block down the road from the boarded-up church building on the corner of Main Street and South Holman Street. As members of the […]

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