Pauli Murray grew up in Durham at 906 Carroll St., the place where she grew into the person who continues to inspire people today. The Pauli Murray Project is working to make Murray’s childhood home into the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice.


Photo Credit: Staff photo by Lynsay Williams

Pauli Murray Project aims to involve local youth in activism through poetry contest

  Activist. Priest. Lawyer. Hero. The Rev. Pauli Murray was all that and more, but she is also known for her poetry, which lives on with the Pauli Murray Project’s Youth Prophecy Poetry Contest. In its third year, the contest gives youths, who are between 12 and 19 years old as well as residents of Durham, a chance to express… Read more →

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Durham Police Athletic League brings schools together for basketball

  The police officers visiting the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club were not investigating stolen jewelry on Saturday, March 1. They were interested in a different kind of stealing: the kind that involves snatching a basketball from an opponent’s hands and taking it to the hoop. Master Officer Erwin Baker serves as a referee for the Durham Police Athletic… Read more →

Durham nonprofit makes early childhood count

Durham nonprofit makes early childhood count

When it comes to education, one East Durham nonprofit organization knows it’s important to start as early as possible. The East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) assembled a team in January to make sure at-risk children in the neighborhood get a head start on learning. Ebonyse Mead, one of EDCI’s early childhood parent advocates, said a lot of children’s brain development happens… Read more →

EDCI helps make the holiday season bright

EDCI helps make the holiday season bright

The holiday season has officially begun at East Durham Children’s Initiative. They’re busy planning the second annual Holiday Zone – an event guaranteed to make many children in the community smile. This year, EDCI invited over 150 parents to come choose complimentary gifts for their children. Gifts are donated by local individuals and organizations, and include a variety of toys… Read more →

Otis Lyons smiles while listening to the audition for Ridin wit' Joe Crack on Saturday afternoon at the Durham Country Main Library. (Staff photo by Melissa Key)

Former gang leader campaigns for change

  Once a drug dealer and the leader of a Durham gang, Otis Lyons now leads a movement called Campaign 4 Change to stop young people from falling into his former lifestyle. “A lot of kids that’s acting up they tell people that’s trying to help, ‘You don’t understand. You don’t live my life. You don’t walk in my shoes’…they… Read more →

A new kind of trick-or-treating

A new kind of trick-or-treating

Looking for a new way to trick-or-treat? This Halloween, join your neighbors in East Durham for Trunk or Treat – a community-wide celebration that combines traditional trick-or-treating with book giveaways. The event is hosted at the office of East Durham Children’s Initiative, and is facilitated by Communities in Partnership and Old East Durham. “Communities in Partnership is like a grassroots… Read more →