The New Durham Manifesto 2014
A Basis for Black Power and Development in the the South
On October 20, 1942, a group of African Americans leaders met in Durham NC as part of the Southern Conference on Race Relations. The result of the meeting was the creation of a document called “A Basis for Inter-racial Cooperation and Development in the South.
Seventy-two years later, we see that the condition of African Americans in America has only gotten worse socially, politically and economically. Therefore, we present a more African-centered document on behalf of the Durham community.
We demand a stake in the “New Durham” that is developing in this community and that our African culture is showcased.
We demand programs that will guarantee full employment for all of Durham’s citizens.
We demand respect for the religious diversity of Durham.
We demand an end to racial profiling by law enforcement agencies.
We demand that our constitutional rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are fully respected.
We demand that African-centered education will play a significant role in the curriculum of all of Durham Schools.
We demand the allocation of resources in the community to develop programs to counter violent activity.
We demand the right to participate in the political process in a fair and equitable manner, including, but not limited to, voting.