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“Nevertheless She Persisted”: Durham Hosts Women’s History Month Forum March 22

Dana Mangum
Dr. Yaba Blay
Wendy Jacobs

Durham, NC – In honor of National Women’s History Month, three successful women will discuss various forms of disc

rimination that women commonly face and the resilience of women to thrive in spite of such inequities. The City of Durham Human Relations Division of the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department will host its 16th Annual Women’s Forum in on Thursday, March 22, from 6 pm to 8 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers (101 City Hall Plaza, First Floor, Durham, N.C. 27701).

Panelists for the forum entitled “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women” include NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Dana Mangum, Professor and Author Dr. Yaba Blay and Durham County Board of Commissioners Chair Wendy Jacobs.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by La Noticia, Inc. CEO Hilda Gurdian. Event attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists followed by a catered meet-and-greet.

The forum will also be broadcast live on Durham Television Network (Spectrum channel 8, Frontier channel 70, and AT&T U-verse channel 99), livestreamed from the City’s website,  and will be available for on demand viewing after the forum on the City’s YouTube channel.

For more information, contact Human Relations Manager James E. Davis, Jr. with the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department Human Relations Division by email or at 919-560-4107, ext. 34277.

To RSVP to attend visit the Women’s Forum event webpage.

About the City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department Human Relations Division

The Neighborhood Improvement Services Department works to preserve and improve quality of life conditions for Durham residents, and to encourage active participation in neighborhood redevelopment and public policy and decision-making dialogue. The department’s Human Relations Division strives to improve race and human relations in the City by working to eliminate housing discrimination and by prioritizing community outreach and educational activities to meet the needs of Durham’s residents. The division is responsible for enforcement of the City’s Fair Housing Ordinance and the federal Fair Housing Act. HUD provides funding annually for the division to investigate housing complaints that allege discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (gender), religion, national origin, physical or mental handicap or familial status (families with children). The division also provides oversight to the City’s Human Relations Commission, which is comprised of residents who meet monthly to work on activities designed to improve human relations and promote harmony throughout Durham.  


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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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