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Black August in the Park 

When: Sun., Aug. 23 2015
BLACK AUGUST IN THE PARK

DURHAM CENTRAL PARK, DURHAM

SUNDAY, AUG. 23

The Durham-based activist group Inside-Outside Alliance had been advocating for prisoners' rights long before Sandra Bland's alleged suicide in a Texas jail cell. But the tragedy triggered the organization, along with other local activists, to take part in a nationwide "Say Her Name" campaign, honoring Bland and other black women who have been victims of police brutality or died in police custody. The movement resonates with Black August, a 36-year-old tradition that brings awareness to prisoner safety and highlights historic August events in black history such as the Haitian Revolution and the birth of Marcus Garvey. Collaborating with other organizations, Durham's African cuisine restaurant The Palace International is "celebrating blackness" by spearheading a fun free-for-all picnic in Durham Central Park to shed some of the turmoil and anxiety of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. DJ Complex and DJ SunCee spin music in a kid-friendly atmosphere with food trucks standing by. The red, black and green struggle continues, but folks still get down in the sunshine, right?

3–8 p.m., free, 501 Foster St., Durham, 919-794-8194,

www.durhamcentralpark.org/event/black-august-in-the-park.Eric Tullis

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