What makes you fall in love with a city?

12 May 2010 by Traction, No Comments »


It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when you fall in love.  And *love* is what I feel for Durham.  When did I fall???

Well, 2005 was an important year in this romance.  That’s the year Traction came into being. Locopops too.  And 2005 marked the first time I took Preservation Durham’s Civil Rights Walking Tour.

What:    Civil Rights Walking Tour of downtown Durham
When:   Sat, May 15th, 10am
Where:  Meet at Farmers’ Market (look for the Preservation Durham sign on Foster St.)
Cost:     FREE
RSVP:   race@getTraction.org

My heart went pitterpat to discover that Durham was home to the first sit-in. (Yeah, I said it.  First.  BEFORE Greensboro.)  I swooned to hear about Martin Luther King’s visits to Durham, where he famously said, “Fill up the jails!” and his close relationship with Floyd McKissick, Sr., who went on to lead CORE (Congress Of Racial Equality).  And when the tour guide told us about Black Christmas and the months-long economic boycott of downtown merchants, I knew it was love.

What you learn on this tour stays with you.  (I can’t go to the Carolina Theater without relaying to my friends the clever tactics of the students who got it integrated.)  I’m forever grateful to Preservation Durham for introducing me to the strength and overall badassness of this city I now call home.

Join me and other Tractivists this Saturday morning for 60-90 minutes of walking, talking, and maybe even falling in love.  Lunch afterward at Beyu Caffe?

Lanya Shapiro
mulberry enthusiast, stander on the shoulders of giants, Tractivist

P.S. Upcoming…
Sat 5/15: Civil Rights Walking Tour of Durham: race@getTraction.org
Mon 5/31: Memorial Day at the Eno:
Plus a conversation group on race and privilege:
race@getTraction.org, a workshop on work / life / community balance, another fruit-picking and much more…

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