Students and teachers stand in front of Durham’s West End School, 1906. Courtesy Durham Historic Photographic Archives, North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library
Education is a source of freedom and power. But who has access to education, how resources get distributed, and what kinds of ideas will be taught have always been political.
In each generation, Durhamites have made choices about how to respond to racial and economic education inequality. Many fought and organized and made huge sacrifices to further education equity. Others resisted–some loudly, some quietly.
As those who have inherited the Durham of today, we must ask ourselves: How has the past shaped current education divides? What does the struggle for educational equity look like today? What world are our choices creating for the next generation?
Come learn more about the history of education inequality in Durham and what the fight for equitable education looks like today!
Bull City 150 launched The Schools We All Deserve: The Struggle for Educational Equity in Durham, NC in 2019. The exhibit is not currently on display.
Scene from 2017 rally against the state ordering private takeover of Durham public elementary schools – Pauli Murray mural image in the background.
Courtesy Casey Toth, News & Observer
Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity & Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University
William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust
North Carolina Humanities Council
Durham Public Schools Foundation
Anonymous Private Donors