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

Program: African-American and Latino Narratives in the Century of Jim/Juan Crow
Date: Sunday, July 14
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: 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.

Ortiz is an associate professor of history at the University of Florida and serves as director of the university’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, a world-renowned oral history collection featuring more than 5,500 interviews from a diverse range of perspectives. He is an authority on racial and oral history of the American South and has written a number of books on these topics, including Emancipation Betrayed. He was a graduate fellow at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies and served as assistant visiting professor of History and Documentary Studies at Duke.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or


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