Durham, North Carolina

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A Taste of Durham, North Carolina

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  1. Durham is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the fifth largest city in the state of North Carolina and the 85th largest in the United States by population, with 229,174 residents.

  2. Large plantations, Hardscrabble, Cameron, and Leigh among them, were established in the antebellum period. By 1860, Stagville Plantation lay at the center of one of the largest plantation holdings in the South. African slaves were brought to labor on these farms and plantations, and slave quarters became the hearth of distinctively Southern cultural traditions involving crafts, social relations, life rituals, music, and dance. There were free African-Americans in the area as well, including several who fought in the Revolutionary War.

  3. Durham quickly developed a vibrant Black community, the center of which was an area known as 'Hayti' (pronounced HAY-tie), just south of the center of town, where some of the most prominent and successful black-owned businesses in the country during the early 20th century were established. These businesses — the best known of which are North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company and Mechanics & Farmers' Bank — were centered on Parrish St., which would come to be known as "Black Wall Street." In 1910, Dr. James E. Shepard founded North Carolina Central University, the nation's first publicly supported liberal arts college for African-Americans.

  4. As a result of its substantial African-American community, a prominent Civil Rights movement developed in Durham. Multiple sit-ins were held, and Martin Luther King, Jr., visited the city during the struggle for equal rights. The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, organized in 1935 by C.C. Spaulding and James E. Shepard, has been cited nationally for its role in the sit-in movements of the 1950s–60s. The committee also has used its voting strength to pursue social and economic rights for African-Americans and other ethnic groups. In the late 1950s, Douglas E. Moore, minister of Durham's Asbury Temple Methodist Church, along with other religious and community leaders, pioneered sit-ins throughout North Carolina to protest discrimination at lunch counters that served only whites.

  5. Widely credited as the first sit-in of the Civil Rights Movement, on June 23, 1957, Moore and six others assembled at the church to plan the protest. The young African Americans moved over to the segregated Royal Ice Cream Parlor and took up whites-only booths. When they refused to budge, the manager called the police who charged them with trespassing. Unlike the Greensboro Four, three years later, the Royal Seven were arrested and ultimately found guilty of trespassing.

  6. The six-month long sit-in at a Woolworth's counter in Greensboro, NC, captured the nation's attention. Within days, Martin Luther King Jr. met Moore in Durham, where King coined his famous rallying cry "Fill up the jails," during a speech at White Rock Baptist Church. Advocating non-violent confrontation with segregation laws for the first time, King said, "Let us not fear going to jail. If the officials threaten to arrest us for standing up for our rights, we must answer by saying that we are willing and prepared to fill up the jails of the South."

Radio Stations
WSHA 88.9 FM Raleigh, NC Shaw University Jazz
WNCU 90.7 FM Durham, NC Jazz
WQOK 97.5 FM Carrboro, NC Hip Hop
WCMC 99.9 FM Holly Springs, NC Sports
WPLW 102.5 FM Hillsborough, NC Top-40
WCOM (LPFM) 103.5 FM Chapel Hill, NC Variety
WFXK 104.3 FM Tarboro, NC Urban Contemporary
WFXC 107.1 FM Durham, NC Urban Contemporary
W299AQ (WRTP) 107.7 FM Christian Contemporary
W300AR (WRTP) 107.9 FM Durham, NC Christian Contemporary
WPTF 680 AM Raleigh, NC News/Talk
WRJD 1410 AM Durham, NC Gospel Music


Demographics of Durham, North Carolina

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Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.


Businesses in Durham, North Carolina

A small percentage of the businesses listed on BlackCityInfo.com may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


  1. African Nubian Queens Hair -  Category: Black Hair Salon -   341 W Main Street # 10 - Durham, NC 27701 (919) 680-4747

  2. Amaka's International Hair -  Extension & precision cuts. Wireless internet service available-   1906 Highway 54 Suite 100A Durham, North Carolina (919) 806-5312   - (reviews)

  3. American Hair Braiding -  Category: Black Hair Salon -   529 Reynolds Avenue - Durham, NC 27707 (919) 419-9809

  4. Classic Cuts -  Category: Black Hair Salon -   1200 Leon Street - Durham, NC 27705 (919) 220-3257

  5. Elegance N Profile -   200 Seven Oaks Rd. Apt. 15H Durham, North Carolina (919) 402-3635

  6. Hollywood Stylz -  Category: Black Hair Salon -  3515 Witherspoon Boulevard - Durham, NC 27707 (919) 402-8104

  7. Las Mariposas Salon De Belleza -  Category: Black Hair Salon -   2697 Chapel Hll Blvd - Durham, NC 27707 (919) 490-6343

  8. Lavish Hair Spa -  Specializing in locs and twist.-   811 Ninth St Suite 130 - Durham, NC 27705 (919) 286-2590

  9. Nubian Natural Hair Gallery -   Loc upkeep, cornrow, twists-   1920 E. Hwy 54 - Durham, North Carolina 27713 (919) 225-7623  - (visit website)

  10. Styles By Patti -   3302 University Drive Ste A - Durham, North Carolina (919) 401-4247

  11. The Body Café -  Category: African American Spa -  3400 Westgate Drive - Durham, NC (919) 493-7900

  12. Thelocstar Natural Hair Creations -   Sisterlocks, styling, more-   Durham, North Carolina (513) 461-1412  - (visit website)

  13. The Sapphire Spa & Retreat -  Category: African American Spa -  20109 Knox Road - Cornelius, NC (704) 987-0006



  1. African American Dance Ensemble -  Category: Dance -  AADE's mission is to preserve and share the finest traditions of African and African American Dance and Music through research, education, performance and entertainment; to focus on the health and education of our community. Our purpose is to help our youth become more active through dance and the arts. With our motto: "Peace, Love, Respect for Everybody" the Ensemble celebrates traditional African culture, aesthetics and values to encourage cross-cultural dialogue, cooperation and understanding.   - 120 Morris Street - Durham, NC (919) 560-2729  - (visit website)

  2. Carnival Delights -  Carnival Delights serves carnival style foods : Hershey ice cream, New Orleans style snoballs, chili dogs, fries, cotton candy, hand-dipped corndogs, candy apples, and more   - 5324 New Hope Commons Drive Suite 2, Durham, NC (919) 419-9048

  3. The Know Bookstore -  Category: Black Bookstore -  The oldest black-owned bookstore in North Carolina. The connecting restaurant serves traditional soul food and seafood.  - 2520 Fayetteville Street - Durham, NC 27707 (919) 682-7223  - (visit website)



  1. Backyard Bbq Pit -  Soul Food Restaurant -   5122 NC Highway 55, Durham, NC (919) 544-9911

  2. Cajun Cafe & Grill -  Creole and Cajun style cooking -   1058 West Club Boulevard - Durham, NC (919) 416-9159

  3. Chloe's -  Soul Food Restaurant -   1006 East Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC 27701 (919) 683-9698

  4. Coleman’s -  An impressive list of soul food items such as macaroni and cheese, cabbage, fish, colard greens and the list goes on. Good homemade cooking. -   1006 East Pettigrew Street - Durham, NC (919) 683-9698

  5. Country Junction -  Ever eat a Soul breakfast? This is the place to go! -   4821 Highway 55, Durham, NC (919) 544-6012

  6. Dillard's Bar-B-Que -  Good ole Cobbler pie, chicken, ribs and much, much more. -   3921 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC (919) 544-1587

  7. Parrish Street Take-Out -   Good home cooking that will bring back to memory all of those fun family feasts. -   11o East Parrish Street Durham, NC 27701 (919) 683-3000   - (watch video)

  8. Rosa's Soul Food Cafe -  Soul Food Restaurant -   201 S Dillard St - Durham, NC 27701 (919) 956-7882

  9. Soul Foodlicious -  Soul Food Restaurant -   Durham, NC 27705 (919) 620-3663

  10. The Know Bookstore -  Category: Black Bookstore - Soul Food -  The oldest black-owned bookstore in North Carolina. The connecting restaurant serves traditional soul food and seafood.  - 2520 Fayetteville Street - Durham, NC 27707 (919) 682-7223  - (visit website)

Durham, NC soul food   Durham, NC soul food (video)


The Carolina Chocolate Drops, an old-time string band from Durham, NC. The Carolina Chocolate Drops perform "Hit Em Up Style" earlier this year at Sugar Grove Music Fest.


black/african american special events

African American Dance Ensemble

- AADE KwanzaaFest 2016 -

Dr. Charles Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble present KwanzaaFest 2016. The doors will open at 10am, Children's Village to begin at 11am and the program to begin at 2pm.

All donated toiletry items will be given to Genesis Home of Durham and all donated canned foods will be given to CAARE, Inc. This FREE performing arts extravaganza will take place on the last day of Kwanzaa which means Imani or Faith. In celebration of this principle, we will have health screenings (provided by CAARE, Inc.) a Marketplace featuring local and out of state businesses, artist, community groups, kids? activities face painting, food and plenty of dance.

Now in existence for over 30 years, AADE continues to strive to expand Kwanzaa to the communities. Additionally, we will have a raffle to benefit the Davis-Williams scholarship fund. The scholarship is awarded to a high school senior that is interested in the Performing ARTS and desire to learn their craft and pursue the Art of dance and or teaching.

Performance by: The African American Dance Ensemble, Ezibu Muntu of Richmond, VA, Patricia Taborn?s Modeling Agency, Minister Fred Jones-Mime, The Unparalleled Dance Team-Hip Hop, and a special appearance by Purusha Jones and the Miss Full Figured NC Royal Court. For more information you may contact us at 919-560-2729, email at AADE.kwanzaafest@gmail.com, or visit our website.

Come Dance with Us!!!

African American Dance Ensemble


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  1. Asbury Temple United Methodist Church -  201 South Alston Ave at Angier Ave - Durham, North Carolina (919) 688-4578  - (watch video)

  2. Mt Olive AME Zion -  1515 West Club Boulevard, Durham, North Carolina 27705-3516 (919) 286-4068

  3. Muhammad's Mosque 34 -  304 South Driver Street, Durham, North Carolina (919) 957-4850

  4. St. Joseph's AME Church -  2521 Fayetteville Street, Durham, North Carolina (919) 683-1709

  5. St. Mark AME Zion Church -  531 South Roxboro Street, Durham, North Carolina (919) 688-2092

  6. White Rock Baptist Church -  3400 Fayetteville Street, Durham, North Carolina (919) 688-8136



  1. Jamaica Jamaica -  Jazz -   4853 Highway 55 (919) 544-1532

  2. Ringside -  Old theater where there's alot going on! -   308 West Main Street (919) 680-2100

  3. Talk of the Town Nightclub -  R&B, Jazz during the week. Dee-Jay on the weekends -   108 East Main Street Durham, North Carolina (919) 682-7747   - (visit website)

  4. The Uppercrust -  Old Skool, Soul -   117 West Main Street (919) 430-0793



  1. Annual Durham Spring Carnival -   Durham County Stadium (MARCH)   2700 Stadium Drive, Durham, NC 27704   - (visit website)

    Games, rides, prizes, music, food and entertainment for the entire family.

  2. Annual Gospel Showcase & Talent Show -   Durham Armory, 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701 (OCTOBER)    

    Singers, Dancers, Poets, Musicians, Performers and others to this year's Annual Gospel Showcase & Talent Show.

  3. Taste of Durham Festival -   (MAY)   - (visit website)

    Food, music and entertainment.




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