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Duke University’s Dr. Brenda Armstrong

passed away at age 69 on October 7, leaving


service. A part of Duke’s fabric since she was

for Duke Children’s Hospital in October.

a long legacy of advocacy, inclusion and

Over the Edge held a rappelling fundraiser

an undergraduate, Dr. Armstrong’s most

Participants who raised $1,000 or more had the

recent roles were

opportunity to rappel 17 stories down the side

the Department

Editorial Assistant Hannah Lee joined in on the

as senior associate

rappelling alongside Wool E. Bull and the Duke

diversity, recruitment

to support patient care, medical research and

as a professor in

of the 21c Museum Hotel. Durham Magazine

of Pediatrics and

fun for Media Day the day before the event,

dean for student

Blue Devil. The event raised more than $101,000

and retention at

physician training at Duke Children’s.

Medicine. She

as Ann Atwater and Sam Rockwell as C.P. Ellis,

& Allie Pfeffer), Paideia and Jasmine Powell.

place in Durham in the early ’70s over the issue

new installation of dance solos by notable area

Duke’s School of also served as the

School of Medicine’s associate dean

for admissions for

more than 20 years. Brenda was the

second African-

American woman in PHOTO BY BRIANA BROUGH

the United States to become a board-

certified pediatric cardiologist, and she was

among the first African-American students to attend Duke in the ’60s, during the first years of desegregation at the university.


The Rooks Family Foundation and ASN/

Galaxy Group team up to shine a light on the everyday heroes of Durham Public Schools

(DPS), hosting the Durham Education Awards in June 2019 to recognize students, teachers,

staff and schools for their work in learning and educating.

released in October. Starring Taraji P. Henson


of school integration. The movie is slated to

premiere in April 2019, coinciding with Durham’s 150th anniversary.

Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA) launches a shorter season in the spring, highlighting five

The season opens with Renay Aumiller’s RAW, a dancers/choreographers, January 11-13 at The


Golden Belt will hold a grand opening party on Saturday, December 1, with 25 local artists, the

Durham Art Guild, Hi-Wire Brewing and local

new programs


their five years

Durham resident and author Renée

as a grassroots

Hodges received two awards in

arts service

September for her memoir “Saving


Bobby: Heroes and Heroin in One Small

Curated with

Community,” a story of how one young


man overcame an opioid addiction.

experience in

The book earned a Silver Medal in the

mind, these

Living Now Awards in the category of

unique dance

Inspirational Memoir by a Female. It also

adventures will be

won a Gold Medal from the Readers’

created by Renay

Favorite Awards in the category of Inspirational Nonfiction.

Clotfelter, A+A (Alyssa Noble


food trucks.


to celebrate

Aumiller, Kristin

The trailer for “The Best of Enemies” was


the movie is based on a true story that took


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Durham Magazine December/January 2019  

Holidays | Health & Wellness | Weddings

Durham Magazine December/January 2019  

Holidays | Health & Wellness | Weddings