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Durham Committee Installs New Officers

On Sunday Jan. 22 the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People (DCABP) installed officers for the 2017-2018 term. With the theme “Only Together” the Installation ceremony took place at First Calvary Baptist Church in Durham, NC.

The installation of officers was conducted by Durham County Superior Court Judge Elaine M. O’Neal. The Keynote speaker was Associate Justice Michael Morgan of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Minister Deborah Bryson, past chair of the Durham Committee of the Affairs of Black People’s Education Committee, presided.

On August 15, 1935 a group of men gathered at a Durham Tennis Club to discuss black affairs and creating a new civic organization in Durham, North Carolina.  On that day, The Durham Committee on Negro Affairs was formed.  These founders, Charles Clinton Spaulding, James E. Shepard, Rencher N. Harris, W.D. Hill, R.L. McDougald, J.T. Taylor and L.E. Austin were referred to as “a committee of influential Negroes”.

In 1939, the Durham Committee adopted a creed drafted by R. N. Harris.  Its emphasis was to register voters, run and support candidates that they indicated would most benefit our race.  This creed also vowed to work for the betterment of several initiatives in the black community which included education, health, housing and economic power.

The name of the organization was later changed to the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People.

The 2017-2018 Officers are (left to right):

Front Row 

Omar Beasley Chairman; Ricky Hart 1st Vice Chairman; Sharon Mullen, 2nd Vice Chairwoman; Thelma White, 3rd Vice Chairwoman 

2nd Row

Clarence Birkhead, Sargent At-Arms; Dr. Richard Watkins, Vice Health Chair; Keith Bishop, Political Chair; Nigel Brown, Youth Vice Chair; Melodie Scarborough, Youth Chair, Angie Steele, Executive Secretary; Tyronne Johnson, Treasurer; 

3rd Row

Joy Spencer, Recording Secretary; Cheryl Brown, Education Chair; Pebbles Lucas, Education Vice Chair; Fred Davis II, Economics & Finance Vice Chair; Clayton Jones, Legal Redress Vice Chair; Joy Mickle, Housing Chair; Henry McKoy, Economics & Finance Vice Chair

Not Pictured

A. Leon Stanback, Legal Redress Chair, Dr. Jim Harper Historian, Dr. Carlous Caple, Civic Chair, Jan Cromartie, Health Chair

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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