Written by: Olivia Browning

A historic voice for the black community

By Olivia Browning

April 5, 2017

Louis E. Austin bought The Stanford Advertiser in 1927 and transformed the local newspaper into the most important voice for black North Carolinians during the civil rights era. He used The Carolina Times to publicize racial inequities and to fight for racial equality in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. Austin’s legacy is still carried […]

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Warren library still a staple for African-Americans in Durham

By Olivia Browning and Alexis Allston

March 1, 2017

The Durham Colored Library was founded in the basement of a church in 1913 as the first African-American library in Durham. In 1940, the library moved to its current location at 1201 Fayetteville Street and was re-named the Stanford L. Warren library. It has since remained an important hub for the city’s African-American community. Hillside High School junior […]

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Mayor’s Challenge program helps disabled veterans find a home

By Olivia Browning

February 15, 2017

Larry Sims, 56, served in the military for 10 years. He also knows what it’s like to not have a place to call home. “I was unemployed and didn’t know anything about the area,” Sims said. “I stayed everywhere from the Durham Rescue Mission, to shelters — even at a bus stop.” Sims is one […]

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Bull City Fresh Start brings homeless Durham residents and services together

By Olivia Browning and Jarely Parada

February 1, 2017

Mark Brunner, formerly of Augusta, Ga., lives in the woods, but intends to make a big change in the coming year. “I ain’t gonna live like this forever,” he said. Brunner made full use of the resources offered at Project Homeless Connect during a comprehensive event called Bull City Fresh Start, held at the Durham […]

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