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TONIGHT: Vigil for Racial Justice and Equality – Durham

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Durham, NC – On Sunday, August 13, at 6 pm, North Carolinians will gather at CCB Plaza in downtown Durham for a candlelight vigil in support of racial justice and equality and in opposition to the white supremacist hatred on display in Charlottesville, VA. this weekend. This gathering will afford attendees the opportunity to mourn those affected by white supremacist terror, demand that our elected officials condemn the racist views espoused by Unite the Right participants, and publicly commit ourselves to resisting the cancer of white supremacy.

This weekend, hate groups and domestic terrorists of all stripes went to Charlottesville, VA to push their hateful message of white supremacy, fascism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry.

When they got there they waged violence on unarmed anti-racists, killing several and injuring many others. We mourn for the lives that were lost, and we will honor all those under attack by congregating against hate in our own communities.

The vigil is sponsored by various community organizing groups, including: Carolina Peace Center, Durham For Organizing Action; Indivisible: Triangle Daily Call to Action; IndivisiBull (Formerly Indivisible Durham); Indivisibles NC – Indivisible Groups of North Carolina – District 1; Protecting Progress in Durham; Together We Will North Carolina; Tuesdays with Tillis.

On the organizer’s Facebook page they state ‘Tonight we mourn and stand in solidarity. In the days to come, we march.’

Please bring candles (and a way to light them) and/or flashlights.

Children are welcome at this event but encourage parents to use discretion as the incidents that prompted this event are likely to be discussed and may be inappropriate or uncomfortable for some.

The vigil will feature a number of speakers, not all have been confirmed at this time.

If your group would like to get involved, please email

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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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