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Durham County Library to Host Author Brian McDonald

Program: Meet the Author: Brian McDonald
Date: Sunday, September 8
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host teacher and school historian, Brian McDonald, as he reads from his new book Not the End, but the Beginning: The Impact of Race and Class on the History of Jordan High School, 1963-1988 at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

McDonald will explore the issues of race and class at the school during and after the early 1970s, when the county was ordered to eliminate race-based schools. After a short reading and brief remarks, there will be a panel discussion with some of the school’s early students, staff and faculty members regarding their experiences.

McDonald is a history teacher at Jordan High School, where he has worked since 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Elon University and a master’s degree in African-American history from North Carolina Central University. McDonald was named Teacher of the Year in 2009 and Most Inspirational Teacher in 2007 and 2011. Not the End is his first book.

This program is presented by the Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection and sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Lynn Richardson at 919-560-0171 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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