See Event Details and Ticket/Sponsorship levels below. Please note that we are encouraging attendees to be vaccinated and wear masks while in attendance.
We invite you to be part of a unique event that will create a permanent foundation for Durham’s longest-standing African American non-profit organization, Durham Colored Library Inc. (DCL). On Sunday, October 23, 2022, at [3pm], we will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore, the city’s first African American doctor and a man who cared deeply about the arts and culture of Durham’s Black community, as well as its prosperity, health, education, and mutual uplift.
This event, is a musical journey set at the turn of the last century, is a benefit for DCL. The concert is being created and performed by the author of Dr. Moore’s definitive biography, his great-great-granddaughter, and acclaimed operatic soprano Shana Blake Hill-Saya. At the piano will be the prominent collaborative artist and Director of Duke Opera Theater, David Heid.
The afternoon program will include carefully selected classical songs, American standards, spirituals, and hymns, along with stories and historical context illustrating the four major eras of Dr. Moore’s life. Designed as an artist salon, this event will take place in a venue styled to resemble an intimate parlor inspired by Dr. Moore’s home at 606 Fayetteville Street. His house was a regular venue for family music-making and where famous visiting thought leaders, poets, artists, and musicians often stopped through to debate, discuss, rehearse and perform.
The funds raised from this event will particularly enable DCL to make a difference in children’s self-vision. This will help stabilize the organization’s foundation and position it for strategic growth to continue providing resources to amplify Black stories, leaders, and culture.
Event Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities
The sponsorship deadline for printing and event recognition is September 1st.
Your check may also be mailed to: DCL Inc., PO Box 2736, Durham, NC 27705
Your commitment to sponsor at one of the levels below will give DCL the capacity to expand its work as compelling storytellers of Black culture through programs targeting youth, seniors, and the visually impaired. At the top of our priorities is closing the student achievement gap by growing African American talent available to employers in the future.
DCL programs include the Merrick Washington Magazine, a regular compendium of articles about issues and topics relevant to African Americans. Selections are culled from a variety of respected national sources and cover topics ranging from business, history, and sports to arts and culture, science, and technology. Techies4Tomorrow℠, our newest project, is a software learning tool designed to narrow the achievement gap for Blacks in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). T4T inspires third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade African American students through online, interactive games that tell the stories of African American STEM professionals both current and historical, female and male. Exposing children to images of people who look like them and telling their impressive life stories helps students visualize themselves overcoming challenges and achieving great success.
Event sponsorships will provide invaluable support for these DCL programs and will provide a strong foundation for planning and growth.
Pacesetters - $20,000 - Setting the pace for our second century.
Benefits: a full-page ad in two issues of the Merrick Washington Magazine, four VIP preferred seats at the event, up to ten autographed copies of the Moore biography, and event recognition. Each Signature Sponsor’s logo will be in the program and on all other printed materials, including a poster at the entrance to the event. Signature sponsors will also be highlighted on our main website page and in social media posts about the event. Tax Deductible: $17,880
Visionaries - $10,000 - Inspiring a better future through education and example.
Benefits: a full-page ad in two issues of the Merrick Washington Magazine, four VIP preferred seats at the event, and event recognition. Each Visionary’s logo will be printed in the program, on our main website page, and in social media posts about the event. We are offering up to five autographed copies of the Moore biography. Tax Deductible: $8,030
Champions - $5,000 - Celebrating the contributions of African American culture.
Benefits: a half-page ad in two issues of the Merrick Washington Magazine, four VIP preferred seats, and event recognition. Each Champion's logo will be printed in the program, on our website page, and in social media posts about the event. We are offering three autographed copies of the Moore biography. Tax Deductible: $3,850
Educators - $2,500 - Inspiring children to be whatever they want to be.
Benefits: listing as an event sponsor in two issues of the Merrick Washington Magazine, four preferred seats, and event recognition. Each Educator’s logo will be printed in the event program, on our website, and in social media posts about the event. We are offering two autographed copies of the Moore biography. Tax Deductible: $1,875
Partners – $1,000 - Helping all Americans understand and appreciate our country's diversity.
Benefits: listing as an event sponsor in two issues of the Merrick Washington Magazine, two preferred seats, and event recognition. Each Partner’s logo will be printed in the event program, on our website page, and in social media posts about this event. We are offering one autographed copy of the Moore biography. Tax Deductible $760
Friends - $500 per person - Sharing the stories of African American achievement.
Benefits: One preferred seat, and program listing. Tax Deductible: $390
General Admission - $150
Limited to 25 seats only* One admission with general seating. Tax Deductible: $75