The Durham College Legacy and Reunion
The Durham College Alumni Association will host its 2019 Durham College Reunion at the Durham Marriott City Center August 9 – 11 and commemorate the legacy of Dr. Lucinda McCauley Harris, founder, Durham College. The reunion will begin on Friday, August 9, at 6 pm with a meet and greet.
On Saturday, August 10, at 9:30 am, John Schelp (confirmed) and Andre d. Vann (tbc) will participate in a lively panel discussion on the making of the 150th anniversary celebration, as it relates to the role of African Americans in the city of Durham.
The discussion will be followed by a city tour, including stops at prominent downtown sites as well as the former site of Durham college on Fayetteville street, including enjoying lunch at the chicken hut on Fayetteville street. Schelp and Vann are scheduled to conduct the tour. Saturday evening will feature a dinner dance with a live band. Sunday will include an inspirational breakfast and an alumni meeting.
This event is in celebration of the Durham 150 sesquicentennial and supports the theme of history and education as Dr. Lucinda McCauley Harris was recognized by the sesquicentennial commission as one of the 150 prominent citizens in Durham who had made a difference. She was also shortlisted as one of the 29 people for additional recognition.
At the reunion dinner on Saturday, August 10, at 6:30 pm, we will pay homage to our esteem founder whose name will be prominently and permanently etched in the annals of history and mentioned in the proclamation presented at the reunion from mayor Steve Schewel. In addition, we will recognize both john Schelp and Andre Vann as honorary members of the Durham college alumni association for their dedication and commitment to helping to preserve and perpetuate the legacy of Dr. Linda McCauley Harris and Durham college.
Also, this event aligns with the celebration of the Durham 150 sesquicentennial as the Durham college reunion recently received a $1000 grant to help defray the cost of conducting a city tour and related expenses. More than 100 people are expected to attend the reunion, representing alums, faculty members and friends of Durham college from Alaska and throughout the eastern seaboard from NY to FL.