Here are background materials to help explain contexts and themes that will be seen during the tour. Please check back periodically as we will continue to add material right up until the week of the conference.
Building and Landscapes article about similar African American neighborhoods in nearby Raleigh.
W. E. B. Du Bois (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963. The Upbuilding of Black Durham. The Success of the Negroes and Their Value to a Tolerant and Helpful Southern City
2014 video by two North Carolina high school students: The Rosenwald Schools
2013 video (rough cut): The Russell School: The History and Restoration of a Rosenwald School, featuring members of the Friends of Russell Rosenwald School who will be on-site during the visit of the "From Farm to Factory in Durham County" tour on Friday, June 3.
The Durham County Library's North Carolina Collection has created the web site, Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project: Our Pictures and Stories.
Videos on civil rights crusader Pauli Murray: Barbara Lau of the Pauli Murray Project on Pauli Murray and Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest on the 2015 exhibit at the Duke Franklin Humanities Center on Murray. While there is not time during conference tours to visit Pauli Murray's Durham home, currently under restoration, vibrant murals portraying Murray will be seen throughout the city.
The 12-minute video "Hayti and the Bull City," published by Onyechi Onyekan in 2013, blends jazz with still photos showing Durham's Hayti neighborhood in the early 20th century and just prior to and during the mid-1960s urban renewal projects that demolished most of the area.
"Negro Durham Marches On," a 28-minute film made in 1948 by the Durham Business and Professional Chain (Durham’s oldest black business advocacy organization) that examines the Hayti neighborhood and its post-WWII economic prosperity. Most of the buildings that are shown in the film are gone, but several of those that remain will be seen during the Friday tours.
Ernie Barnes's most famous painting, "Sugar Shack," depicts the Durham Armory, the site of the closing banquet of the conference. More on the artist is here.
Registration closes May 20, 2016