BEHIND THE SCENES 11 PEOPLE WHO ARE ALL ABOUT CELEBRATING DURHAM’S SESQUICENTENNIAL – THE DURHAM 150 CONVENING COMMITTEE – ANSWER THE QUESTION: WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES FOR THE NEXT 150 YEARS IN DURHAM?
President & CEO, Discover Durham Co-chair of the Durham Sesquicentennial Convening Committee My hope for Durham is that it remains a place with a soul; where residents are fiercely passionate about their city even with all its imperfections. I hope our people are still bold, visionary and welcoming, and that we continue to embrace and find commonality in all our differences.
Executive Director, Museum of Durham History Co-chair of the Durham Sesquicentennial Convening Committee I hope there is a continued appreciation for the community spirit that is uniquely Durham and its rich history. I hope this leads to a greater understanding between neighbors, and that we value their individual stories.
value the wonderful opportunities that our school system provides. This free public education is the stepping stone for success in life. I hope this tax-payer "gift of education" will be utilized to build a stronger, more creative and more cohesive Durham.
and passion for bringing original ideas, inventions and art to life. And by making them sharable, benefiting the broadest groups possible, we’ll be known as a model of community that other places clamor to replicate.
DURHAM 150 STAFF
My hope is that we use this anniversary as a catalyst to build – with intention – opportunities for all residents of Durham to share in our growing community's prosperity. Durham can only benefit as a whole when it includes the wisdom and energy of all of our communities.
Adjunct Professor, North Carolina Central University; Durham 150 Project Manager
Director of Content & PR, Discover Durham; Durham 150 Communications Committee Co-Chair
COMMITTEE MEMBERS (in alphabetical order)
Beverly B. Thompson
Public Affairs Director, City of Durham Durham 150 Convening Committee; Co-chair, Opening Celebration Committee
Durham today is vibrant, diverse, and electric. I can’t imagine Durham slowing down anytime soon. My hope is for Durham to move forward with that same energy and opportunity for all. Durham may be ever-changing, but its diversity and foundation is never changing.
President & CEO, El Centro Hispano, Inc.
A hundred and fifty years from now, when the topics of homelessness, lack of affordable housing, crime or hunger come up, we’ll roll our collective eyes and happily say, “Oh, that was so a 150 years ago in Durham!”
To see a vibrant, live city with a full, diverse population that feels welcome, engaged and appreciated, valuing and respecting the history, but embracing the future with hope and enthusiasm.
Former City Council Member Public Historian for Durham's Sesquicentennial
President & CEO-Elect, Discover Durham Durham 150 Convening Committee; Co-chair, Opening Celebration Committee
As a former educator, it is my hope that the future will allow all area students to appreciate and
Over the next 150 years, I look for Durham to keep evolving into its best self: full of curiosity
Gineen Glenn Cargo
I hope that Durham continues to excel in its reputation of being an authentic and culturally diverse city while remaining a hub for innovators and entrepreneurs. I hope that while we continue to progress, we ensure that all residents and communities have access to opportunities that promote inclusion, growth and development.
Durham 150 Project Assistant If Durham is able to grow progressively in K-12 education, higher education, public health and entrepreneurship with collaboration and communication in all sectors, and with equity in all forms, then I truly believe Durham will be the leading place in the nation for quality living for all ages. This is my hope for Durham. Bonus points if we can do this without more traffic.
Durham 150 Social Media Specialist I hope that Durham continues to expand in a way that preserves and honors its history. I hope the art community continues to thrive and that innovation, entrepreneurship and independent businesses remain a top priority. I hope Durham is always a city of creativity that fosters a close community.