We did it! "The Bulls of Durham" launched on the 919th day of the project, which, by chance, is Durham's EXACT 150th anniversary of incorporation.
"The Bulls of Durham" living history book blends Durham's rich history dating back to 1701 with stories and perspectives of over 100 Durhamites that are continuing to mold and shape the city. Every interviewee was asked the same six questions, one of which was, “What changes would you like to see for Durham?” A pattern quickly emerged across the board over the two-year span of time the interviews were conducted: Less siloing behavior and more collaboration. The frequency and intensity of this answer only increased as time went on.
The fact is the Durham we all know and love is facing unprecedented changes. While the Bull City has always been a city of change and innovation, the changes that are going on in the Bull are unlike than anything that has happened in the 318 years our city’s recorded history. What now? Is “The Bulls of Durham” living history book a tome capturing the Durham we once knew?
Nah. We’re keeping Durham, Durm. If the Bull City can transform from a tobacco empire to a medical and tech Mecca, we can do anything. All it takes is faith the size of a tobacco seed and some grit. Time for that Bull City magic. Time to get to know your neighbors.
#ForTheLoveOfDurham your homework is to find someone in the Bull City who is the opposite of you in as many ways as possiBULL, interview them and submit that interview to TheBullsOfDurham.com. It is in the acts of seeking them, coming to the table with them and getting to know them that community is built.
How to submit your guest blog to TheBullsofDurham.com
The goal is to build community. We're hoping to share 150 of these blogs in Durham's 150th year.
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"The Bulls of Durham" living history book. Launched on April 10th, 2019, Durham's 150th Anniversary.
"The Bulls of Durham" living history book blends Durham's rich history with stories and perspectives of our city's greats that are continuing to build upon that history. And in this way, this is the story of Durham, North Carolina through the bulls' eyes.
Learn how a city that literally started from a tobacco seed in the ashes of the Civil War grew into the best city on earth. Discover how a stolen bull brought about a history shifting, global tobacco empire; and how 150 years later that relates to a British mustard company having beef with Sheila. #NotSorry
Find out the backstory to how the now hippest, foodiest, tech-hub of the South also gave rise to the bullpen, billboards, branding and baseball cards. Delve into our city's strong Black history that proves "Do It Like Durham" isn't a passing trend and will give you a profound sense of reverence walking down Parrish Street.
Best of all, see the common thread that runs through the stories of teachers, politicians, business owners, hip-hop artists, painters, activists, historians, architects and the real Bull City OG's. Hint: it's the BULLief that in Durham anything is possiBULL.
Welcome to Durham the incrediBULL place where grit meets grace. Here all you have to have is a dream and faith the size of a tobacco seed, because well, tobacco seeds build global empires, not mustard seeds.
Project book launch date: April 10, 2019 - Durham's 150th Anniversary.
Cover Art by DeCario Allen.
George Habel, former Vice President of Sports at Capitol Broadcasting and now the Vice President of Special Projects, stopped by TheBullsOfDurham.com as a guest blogger. George has been with Capitol Broadcasting for 36 years now and in that time has seen a great many changes in the Bull City. In tense times nationally, George sees Durham as a beacon of hope. While he admits we've still got our struggles and there's still a certain Bull City magic that makes Durham so unique.
Please welcome George Habel to our blog and look forward to more of his thoughtful inside in "The Bulls of Durham" living history book launching on April 10th, 2019, Durhams EXACT 150th anniversary.
UnBULLievaBULLy excited & grateful to announce "The Bulls of Durham" living history book project has been awarded one of the Durham 150 Committee grants under the category of History and Education. Grants in the History and Education category are sponsored by the A.J. Fletcher Foundation.
Excited to meet the other 35 awardees and learn more about what they do. Every day is a great day to meet someone new (to you) in Durham! After interviewing over 115 interviewees over the course of two years I'm obsessed with getting to meet people in Durham and hearing their story. If you're on this list I'll be reaching out to learn more about you and what you do.
Still can't BULLieve it. Feels incrediBULL. This grant will help us pay for half of the 1st print of "The Bulls of Durham," launching April 10th, 2019, Durham's EXACT 150th. This is everything we've been working towards since August 2nd, 2016. This book is a collaboration of over 200 Durham community members. It definitely takes a village y'all. There's no other village I'd rather be a part of & no other village who could have pulled this off!
From day 1 I've said that this is Durham's book, I'm just the human lucky enough to be the medium. And I'll say that again on the 919th day when WE launch this book.
Grateful for this Durham 150 grant. And like all things Durham, it's timing was divine. This project has officially cost twice what I paid for all 4 of my college degrees combined. Yowza! 17% has been via sponsorship & the other 83% has been straight outta my paycheck, Bull Love Mugs, mini books and other TheBullsOfDurham.com goodies. Now y'all know why I'm out here hustling Bull Love Mugs & "Welcome to the Bull City" mini books.
Someday I'll break down the whole adventure, lessons learned, all the kismet moments, the challenges, the heroes, the villains, oh, and the writing process. But for today, in this moment, all I want to share is my unconditional love of Durm and gratitude for the Durham 150 grant & EVERYONE who has helped along the way.
Thank y'all for BULLieving in me & this wild idea.
Special thanks to Arturo Perez for the photo. Who knew getting this grant would give me magical floating logo powers? Also, thanks for being a true friend Arturo. I appreciate you mucho.
Love. Faith. Gratitude. Durham.
Durham’s unique, strong Black history paired with geographical location set the stage for the city to be on the forefront of the Civil Rights movement. Durham’s progressive Black youth tired of the generations of poor treatment spilling over from the atrocities of slavery and who emboldened by the Civil Rights movement took the lead with non-violent protests for better education, housing, employment, and treatment.
The city became a magnet for the leaders of the movement. One such leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., came to Durham frequently to give speeches and lend his support to Durham’s youth on the forefront who inspired him. On the third Monday of every January we honor the great Martin Luther King Jr. and his work, but that wasn’t always the case. What inspires us today and inspired those on the right side of history during his time, terrified and angered those who benefited from the systems built on white supremacy ideology.
With help from NCCU Archivist Andre Vann, author of several incrediBULL North Carolina history books such as "Durham's Hayti" and "African Americans of Durham County," we've uncovered that King spent more time in the Bull City that previously thought. It was his connection to Reverend Mickey Michaux that brought him to Durham and the brave actions of Durham's youth that kept him coming back. King recognized Durham's key role in the Civil Rights movement.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Good deal, because there’s no other way to fully capture the Bull City in 250 pages. Durham’s rich history and quickly evolving narrative could fill a tome of 2000 pages, but alas ain’t nobody got time for that. Solution: pairing a reasonaBULL amount of words with dozens of stunning photos of the people and places that make Durham the greatest city.
From its inception I have said that “The Bulls of Durham” living history book is Durham’s story, I’m just lucky enough to be the medium. In line with that over 115 Durhamites have been interviewed for the book and the Durham community chose the cover art for the book in the #CoverTheBulls cover art contest. There were over 3000 votes total in the contest. Artist and Bull City native DeCario Allen won first place and artist Relly Moorer won second place becoming the famous hand on the cover of “Welcome to the Bull City.” Keeping with the mission of the project we’re finishing strong with an entire photography squad, I mean herd. Meet the incrediBULL Durhamites capturing the Bull City for the project.