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of Black Culture

Storytellers

Founded in 1913 by Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore, The Durham Colored Library, Inc. is one of Durham’s oldest nonprofit organizations. We are dedicated to our mission: lifting up stories of African American figures, both current and historic, to create a more comprehensive picture of the American experience.

Our Current

Initiatives

From the beginning DCL has always worked to address vibrant economies, resiliency, justice, equity, and inclusion. We continue to focus on these core values within all of our initiatives. DCL manages three projects that inform and engage both children and adults in understanding more about African American history and culture that is often absent from mainstream educational materials.

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Merrick Washington Magazine

The Merrick Washington Magazine Initiative, founded in 1952, collects and presents news articles relating to African American culture, current events, and history to a sight-challenged population. It was created with those in mind who do not readily have access to Braille or large print editions of major publications.

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Techies4Tomorrow℠

DCL’s newest project is designed to improve academic preparation of young African American students with the goal of increasing their motivation and interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) school subjects and ultimately careers. Improving educational attainment has long been known to reduce poverty and improve the health of individuals, their families, and entire communities.

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The Moore Biography

DCL’s newest project is designed to improve academic preparation of young African American students with the goal of increasing their motivation and interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) school subjects and ultimately careers. Improving educational attainment has long been known to reduce poverty and improve the health of individuals, their families, and entire communities.

Our

Supporters

We are grateful for the local organizations, people, and groups that support DCL!

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to DCL

Donate

We thank you so much for your engagement and support! As an entirely volunteer-run organization, your donations help us continue our important work of lifting up the stories of African American figures, increasing access to STEM education for African American youth, and producing our magazine and other publications.