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History from the African American perspective

Lifting up stories of African Americans - both current and historical, thereby creating a more comprehensive picture of the American experience

$12,490 raised

$20,000 goal


Insuring that Diversity & Inclusion is Front & Center

Durham Colored Library, Inc. (DCL, Inc.) is one of Durham's oldest non-profit organizations – dedicated to the mission of "lifting up stories about African Americans, both current and historical, to help create a more comprehensive picture of the American experience."

Though there is no longer a physical library to visit, DCL, Inc. is still dedicated to educating and engaging our community about the power, talent, sacrifice, and love of African American people from 1918 through to today.

We focus on three main areas of education:

1. Publishing the biannual Merrick Washington Magazine for people with low vision, vision impairment and 5th-8th grade students. The articles featured in each issue cover everything from American politics to health issues and are culled from a range of qualified sources, including The New York Times, Essence Magazine, and National Geographic Magazine, to name a few.

2. DCL researched and complied a biography of Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore's life and work. We believe it important to share the story of Durham, NC's first African American physician, who was an important business and community leader and a statewide rural education advocate. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the city's Black Wall Street businesses, colleges, & social service organizations at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Your donation will help DCL disseminate this book far and wide.

3. DCL, Inc.'s newest project is being designed to improve academic preparation of young African American students with the goal towards increasing their motivation and interest in entering and succeeding in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school subjects and ultimately careers. Improving educational attainment has long been known to reduce poverty and to improve the health of individuals and their families, their neighborhoods and of entire communities.