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Re: “Jeff and King's Durham integration mission

You are right; it doesn’t seem like an “integration mission” at all.

I guess the real query is how a city so heavily populated with blacks has so few “nightlife” offerings in its epicenter that are directly welcoming of their business. I am cognizant of the fact that none of downtown Durham’s businesses discriminate against black and brown people, but I am intrigued by how little has been done to provide offerings that straightforwardly appeal to those populations. It would seem that these two fellas recognize the dilemma in question and have been working to create events that embrace all walks of life. Also, it is my understanding that contributions like their book drive “500 Books” (providing materials and promoting literacy for students from impoverished communities) and their “The Others” music series (live concerts featuring minorities and members of the LGBTQ community – guaranteeing their place on the main stages of Durham’s new music halls and providing a fundraising outlet for allied non-profits) are a few of their more pertinent community building efforts. It would seem that their “mission” is to ensure that Durham’s diverse populace is represented and supported on all fronts. This party is merely an ongoing illustration of that effort and quite possibly the least dynamic.

But, what do I know…

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Posted by king_kenney on 07/22/2011 at 4:16 PM

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