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Join the Discussion – Durham Reads Together 2019: The Best of Enemies

Program: Durham Reads Together 2019: The Best of Enemies
Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 17 – Thursday, Oct. 31
Time & Location: Varies by event
Web Address: DurhamReadsTogether.org
Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – Durham County Library invites the community to participate in Durham Reads Together 2019, a community-wide reading of Osha Gray Davidson’s The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South. The book is available in multiple formats for check out from Durham County Library, including unlimited copies of the ebook available via OverDrive from September 2 through November 5.

Durham Reads Together strives to strengthen the community through a biennial celebration of reading. Community members are encouraged to read the same book and attend programs around the book’s themes to discuss important issues, including race, family, identity, culture, and more. Programs are free, open to the public, and scheduled from September 17 through October.

For a complete list of programs, check out DurhamReadsTogether.org. Highlights include:

  • A PHILOSOPHY OF ACTIVISM: HOW IMPERFECT ALLIES HELP YOU BECOME A MORE EFFECTIVE CITIZEN ACTIVIST
    Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. at Stanford L. Warren Branch Library
    The protagonists in The Best of Enemies found success partly by dropping old ways of thinking. Learn ways to increase your effectiveness as a citizen activist from Frank Hyman, author of the third living wage ordinance in the country as a Durham City Council member.
  • DURHAM AND THE INTEGRATION OF THE TRIANGLE’S UNIVERSITIES
    Sunday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m. at South Regional Library
    Eddie Davis, Public Historian for Durham’s Sesquicentennial, will present on how Durham residents influenced the integration of NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke Universities.
  • Headliner Event: A CONVERSATION WITH OSHA GRAY DAVIDSON
    Monday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. at Hayti Heritage Center
    The author of The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South returns to Durham to speak about his deeply researched Durham story.
  • DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP
    Thursday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m. at Durham Tech: ERC (Building 5) Auditorium
    Join us for a screening of the 2002 documentary film ‎‎An Unlikely Friendship. Filmmaker Dr‎. ‎Diane ‎Bloom will facilitate a discussion following the film‎. This program is in partnership with Durham Tech.

Durham Reads Together 2019: The Best of Enemies is sponsored by the Durham Library Foundation, the Friends of the Durham Library, and Durham County Library. For the complete list of event programs, visit DurhamReadsTogether.org.

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 DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or sbonestell@dconc.gov

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