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Durham County Library Hosts Reception Honoring Mr. R. Kelly Bryant, Jr.

Program: Reception Honoring Mr. R. Kelly Bryant, Jr.
Date: Saturday, June 21
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: The Durham County Library North Carolina Collection will host a reception in honor of local historian and civil rights activist Mr. R. Kelly Bryant, Jr. at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro Street. City Councilman Eddie Davis will serve as emcee for the festivities and special guests, including community leaders John Lucas and Nathan Garrett, will be present to speak about Mr. Bryant’s accomplishments.

Since moving to Durham in 1941, Bryant has been active in the making of Durham history and its preservation and study. He worked tirelessly to bring equality to scouting during 37 years as a scoutmaster. He served as secretary-treasurer of the Black Solidarity Committee for Community Improvement, which orchestrated the most successful boycott of Durham stores in the city’s history. Bryant was also the driving force behind obtaining a historic marker commemorating Durham’s 1957 Royal Ice Cream Parlor sit-in. He worked for the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company for more than 40 years before retiring.

Bryant’s collection of approximately 2500 funeral programs, obituaries and other materials, housed in the North Carolina Collection, is a treasure trove of information for researchers. These materials provide an invaluable record of Durham’s black community.

This program is 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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