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Feb 04 2019

Remembering White Supremacy: Reflections from the Durham Committee on Confederate Monuments

6-7:30PM, Sanford Building 223

Durham Confederate statue on ground

Durham’s Confederate monument was toppled in 2017.

Join the Hart Leadership Program and members of the Durham City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials for a discussion about how communities can handle the challenges posed by remembering the Civil War and white supremacy. How can individuals and groups exercise leadership in situations so divisive?

In the wake of the toppling of Durham’s Confederate monument in 2017, local leaders set up the commission to make recommendations about the remains of the statue and other Confederate markers around Durham. Chaired by Robin Kirk, faculty co-chair of the Duke Human Rights Center, and Charmaine McKissick-Melton, associate professor of mass communications at North Carolina Central University, the committee worked over the course of a year to engage the Durham community in a dialogue about the future of the monument. The committee also included Deondra Rose, assistant professor of public policy in the Sanford School.

Their completed report, submitted to the City Council and County Commission earlier this year, is available here.

In addition to her role with the Human Rights Center, Kirk is a founding member of the Pauli Murray Project and directs Duke’s Human Rights Certificate program. She was formerly a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch. McKissick-Melton is the youngest daughter of Civil Rights leader Floyd McKissick, Sr. and was involved with the Civil Rights movement and the integration of Durham’s public schools. Her Ph.D. in communications had a focus on race. Both were involved with the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

HLP Director Gunther Peck will moderate the discussion. He is an associate professor of history and public policy and the author of a forthcoming book about the history of whiteness. Food will be provided.