Course Description

This course will examine racial equality in Durham Public Schools. Required reading for the class will be Osha Gray Davidson’s book "The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South," which provides an in-depth history of Durham’s race relations from its inception in 1869 to 1996. Students will be asked to reflect upon Durham’s historical race relations to evaluate objectively how far the city has progressed, particularly regarding racial equality in its educational system. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss Davidson’s book; hear from speakers who knew Ann Atwater and C. P. Ellis; and interact with educators, retired public servants, and students who contributed to and experienced DPS’s evolution. In addition, the class will be given the opportunity to explore ways to support DPS’s racial equality efforts now and in the future. | Lecture + Q&A.

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Section Title
Examining Racial Equality: Durham Public Schools over the Past 50 Years
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 2:45PM
Feb 16, 2021 to Apr 06, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded. (Please note additional required information below)

Guest Information:
Bill Bell, Former Mayor of Durham

Kelvin Bullock, Executive Director of DPS Office of Equity Affairs

Osha Gray Davidson, Author of “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South”

Eddie Davis, Former DPS Teacher and Former Member of the North Carolina State Board of Education

Floyd McKissick Jr., Former DPS Student and Son of Floyd McKissick Sr.

Bill Riddick, Consultant, Conducted the Charrette

Helen "Sunny" Ladd, Susan B. King Professor Emerita of Public Policy and Economics at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy

Magan Gonzales-Smith, Executive Director of DPS Foundation

Required: Students are expected to read the assigned book before the course begins. Required reading: Osha Gray Davidson, The Best of Enemies (9780807858691)

Recommended reading:

Ibram Kendi, How to be an Antiracist (9781847925992)

Debbie Irving, Waking up White (9780991331307)