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Durham County Library Hosts Community Dialogue on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom: August 28, 1963-August 28, 2013

Program: Community Dialogue: How Far Have We Come? Looking Back at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom
Date: Sunday, Aug. 18
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Mandy Carter of the Bayard Rustin 2013 Commemoration Project and Barbara Lau of the Pauli Murray Project for a community dialogue that connects the civil rights issues that fueled the 1963 March on Washington to the issues of today. The discussion will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 18 at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

Fifty years ago, 250,000 people gathered in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial to demand racial and economic justice. Many buses and a caravan of cars brought hundreds of people from Durham to Washington to join this effort. Members of the public are invited to share their perspectives about what has been accomplished in the last half century and what issues remain that need to be addressed. The discussion will explore what inspires the community to march, gather and protest today. How is Durham working toward the idea of “beloved community”?

Carter is the national coordinator of the Bayard Rustin 2013 Commemoration Project of the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to ending racism and homophobia. She is a long-time activist in the struggles for the rights of women, African Americans and members of the LGBTQ community.

Lau is the director of the Pauli Murray Project, an initiative of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute. In her work with the Project, she facilitates community dialogue and creates educational resources related to the life and work of Pauli Murray, the first African-American woman to become an Episcopal priest.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation and co-sponsored by the Bayard Rustin Commemoration Project, the SWCD Quality of Life Project and the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center/Franklin Humanities Institute. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

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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