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Durham County Library Hosts Program on the History of Jim/Juan Crow

What happens when U.S. history is viewed through African-American and Latino perspectives? Durham County Library will host Dr. Paul Ortiz as he explores American history, from the abolition of slavery in Mexico through the election of President Barack Obama. This multimedia presentation will draw from oral histories, black newspapers and poetry to create a new perspective on history for the 21st century. The talk will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street.

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Durham County Library Hosts Film Screening and Concert: Noah’s Arc

Filmmaker Nic Beery and jazz musician Noah Powell will screen Beery’s short documentary Noah’s Arc – ReBirth of a Jazz Singer at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. The film follows Powell’s journey from heroin addiction and felony conviction, as he overcomes great obstacles to rebuild his life and return to the music he loves. After the screening, Noah Powell’s Trio (Noah Powell, vocals / Alison Weiner, piano / Casey Toll, bass) will perform. A question & answer session will follow the musical performance.

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Durham County Library Hosts Cancer Awareness Workshop

Durham County Library will host a cancer awareness workshop, presented by the Duke Cancer Institute, which focuses on diet as a way to stay healthy. Featured speaker Dr. Stephen Chaney of UNC-Chapel Hill will deliver a talk on nutritional approaches to cancer prevention. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be provided during the event, which will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

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Durham County Library Hosts True Crime Author to Discuss Disappearance of Native Durham Kingpin

Durham County Library will host award-winning true crime author Ron Chepesiuk as he discusses his latest investigative book on the legendary Matthews, Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin. The program will take place on Monday, July 1, at Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville Street at 7 p.m.

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Durham County Library Presents a History of Prohibition Cocktails

Durham County Library will host Scott Richie, former co-owner of Whiskey and multiple winner of the Independent Weekly’s Best Bartender award, for a program on the cocktails of the Prohibition era. Richie will take participants back to the roaring 20s, the era of Al Capone and speakeasies and discuss drinks like the Mary Pickford, the sidecar and the French 75. During Prohibition, bartenders had to get creative because the alcohol was of varied quality and often in limited quantity. Richie will discuss some of the era’s notable concoctions, as well as modern cocktails that were influenced by them.

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