DURHAM AND THE INTEGRATION OF THE TRIANGLE’S UNIVERSITIES
On Sunday, October 13, the public is invited to join Eddie Davis, Public Historian for Durham’s Sesquicentennial, for a presentation on how Durham residents influenced the integration of NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke Universities. The program will be held at the Durham County Library’s South Branch at 3:00 PM.
Davis will lead the discussion on the efforts of Thomas Hocutt and Pauli Murray in the 1930s. Both Hocutt and Murray graduated from the Hillside Park High School on Umstead Street in Durham. This building later became the site of Whitted Jr. High when Hillside’s Concord Street building opened in 1950.
Davis also will mention the McKissick v. Carmichael case that led to the integration of the UNC Law School in 1950.
Finally, Davis will share the fact that Hillside High School students who were among the inaugural undergraduate classes that included African Americans at UNC in 1955, NC State in 1956, and Duke in 1963.
Image: 1963 Photo of Wilhelmina Ruben, Nat White Jr. and Mary Mitchell from Duke University’s first integrated undergraduate class. Mitchell and White graduated from Durham’s Hillside High School in the Spring of 1963. (Duke Univ. Photo)