A community block party for Northeast Central Durham drew a crowd to North Driver Street for food, fun and activities. Photo by Adrienne Stephens.

Block party unites Northeast Central Durham

  Hundreds of people gathered Sept. 6 in Northeast Central Durham to support each other and shed a positive light on the community. What better way to do so than with a block party? The block party focused on children, engaging them in different activities such as Zumba, face painting, and bike riding. They also took turns jumping around in… Read more →

Rock and Shop creator, Michelle Smith, poses for a picture at her Cary-based store, Gather.

Rock & Shop Market supports local arts and crafts businesses

Food trucks, local bands and shopping sounds like a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The Rock & Shop Market, an event that brings together local makers and crafters, happened April 5th at the Durham Armory. But don’t worry, this event will be back this year in November or December. Michelle Smith, creator of the Rock & Shop, said… Read more →

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 Mardi Gras brings a taste of New Orleans

Durham Mardi Gras brings a taste of New Orleans

  Sally Grant spent three years of her life in New Orleans. So when she heard Durham musicians & artists held their own raucous downtown Mardi Gras parade each year on Fat Tuesday, she knew instantly she had to get involved. The organization known as Durham Mardi Gras was founded four years ago by a Durham-based, New Orleans-style parade and party… Read more →

Swap-O-Rama-Rama highlights Scrap Exchange year of growth

Swap-O-Rama-Rama highlights Scrap Exchange year of growth

A long, red scrap of cloth and an old mirror wrapped in lights comprised the red-carpet centerpiece for an event Saturday, Feb. 15, that exemplified the Durham Scrap Exchange’s mission of creative reuse — the Swap-O-Rama-Rama. In return for a suggested donation of $10 and their own bag of old clothes, participants could peruse rows of clothing and shoes, then… Read more →

Carla Peake goes through the Center For Hope’s food stores after the storm. Even when the shelves are filled, the food goes quickly. Peake says it takes upwards of fifty cans of green beans for a single meal.
    Staff Photo by Zach Potter

Coming in from the cold at the Durham Rescue Mission

When resident William Spencer left his friend’s house at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 to catch the bus, he expected to be back at the Durham Rescue Mission’s Center for Hope in 30 minutes. He had no idea what the light snowfall would soon become. An hour later, when the bus still had not arrived, he decided to make… 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 →