Written by: Audrey Kashatus

‘I’m just so happy that I get to make a difference’: The Story of Elijah King

By Audrey Kashatus

December 11, 2023

Elijah King was born and raised in Durham with his mom and little sister. By the time King turned 18-years-old, he had moved 11 different times.  King grew up witnessing things most kids his age couldn’t have imagined. He saw eviction, moving places under 24 hours, crashing at his grandparent’s house and even different pastor’s […]

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Reflection on the Durham Voice: Expanding My Horizons to Durham

By Audrey Kashatus

December 10, 2023

Over the course of nearly two years, I have written extensively for the UNC-Chapel Hill student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, covering anything and everything about Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Orange County. This semester, my journalistic purview expanded to encompass Durham, N.C., which has since become of profound significance to me. The four months I […]

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LGBTQ Community Thoughts After Durham’s Primary Elections

By Audrey Kashatus and Audrey Kashatus

October 31, 2023

As Durham gets closer to its municipal elections this year, one demographic has important topics on its mind when deciding between candidates.  The remaining two candidates for the mayor of Durham are Mike Woodard and Leonardo Williams. Sylvester Williams, who has previously opposed gay marriage and cited sexuality as a contributor to the high drug […]

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Local Churches Promote Inclusion Ahead of Durham Elections

By Audrey Kashatus

October 12, 2023

Sylvester Williams, a candidate for the mayor of Durham and former financial analyst, is now a pastor at The Assembly at Durham Christian Center.  This campaign will mark Williams’ fourth time running for the mayor of Durham. During his previous run in 2017, Williams received less than 2% of the vote.  Despite his three unsuccessful […]

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Sylvester Williams’ Optimism and Concerns Ahead of Durham’s Mayoral Election

By Audrey Kashatus

October 2, 2023

Sylvester Williams is one of eight candidates running for mayor of Durham in the upcoming municipal elections scheduled for this November. Williams has previously run for mayor in 2011, 2013 and 2017.  Williams was born and raised in Durham, except for the time he went to school in Atlanta. He is currently the pastor of […]

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