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Rep. Maxine Waters Is Keynote Speaker At Durham Committee’s Founders’ Day Banquet

Maxine Waters

Durham, NC – The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People (DCABP) will celebrate its 82nd Founders’ Anniversary with three events, culminating with Rep. Maxine Waters as keynote speaker of the commemorative Banquet. This anticipated event will take place on Saturday, August 26th at 6:00 pm at the Durham Convention Center (301 West Morgan St.).

The first of the three events on this weekend will be a youth forum held in the Student Union on the campus of NCCU. Immediately following the forum, a free party for the students will take place. Saturday morning DCABP will host its 1st Annual Golf Classic at Fall Village Golf Course in Durham of Hwy 98.

The Founders’ Day Banquet will be a special time to honor two Durham citizens that have made a difference in their fields: Dr. Howard Fitts, Jr., a retired health education professor, and Dr. Lorenzo A. Lynch, a retired pastor of White Rock Baptist Church and father of the first African American female Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. In attendance will be notables from local city, county and state government along with other leaders in the Durham community.

Maxine Waters
Omar Beasley

“Our community rarely takes the time to come together to reflect on the progress of the Black community as whole nor to talk about the challenges we still face,” states Omar Beasley, DCABP Chairman. “This weekend of activities allows us to attract new viewpoints and fresh voices to the conversation around the challenges we need to overcome, and to honor members of our community who have distinguished themselves through their service. Overall we hope these events inspire members of our community and encourage us all to become active in the DCABP’s mission to improve the civic, cultural, economic, educational, health, housing, political, legal, youth, and religious and human affairs of our community.”

For 82 years, the DCABP has been serving as the voice and the key provider of information for Durham’s black citizens. Created by a group of men out of the desire to focus on voter registration and the endorsement of candidates favorable to and supportive of the black community, the DCABP adopted a creed pledging to work on initiatives important to the black community, including education, civic involvement, housing and the promotion of good health.

The DCABP solidified its place in the fabric of activism and involvement by being instrumental in the election of Rencher Harris as the first black Durham City Councilman in 1953 and the first black Durham City Board of Education member in 1958. The Committee was a chief player in the Civil Rights Movement in Durham, organizing sit-ins and other public protests throughout the city and calling for meetings and actions to heal race relations. Through school desegregation, merchant boycotts and the election of the first black mayor of Durham in 1989, the DCABP remains at the forefront of tackling issues important to the black community.

This annual banquet raises funds to support programming and civic activities presented by the DCABP for the betterment of Durham’s black community. It is the mission of the Committee to inform, inspire and support all of the black community in their advancement towards growth and success through its programs on education, voting, health, housing, racial justice, family issues and more.

For more information, or to learn more about donating to support this legendary organization, please visit

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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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