11/20/2018 0 Comments
On November 20th, 1910 the world got a bit brighter with the arrival of Anna Pauline Murray.
At the age of 13, she became an orphan. Her mother Agnes Murray passed away in 1914, when Pauli was four, due to a cerebral hemorrhage. In 1923 her father, William Murray, was killed by a guard at Crownsville Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for long-term effects of typhoid fever.
This would be the beginning of Pauli turning tragedy, challenges and difficulties into triumphs that, over time, made her one of the most legendary, inspiring and transformational human beings in modern time.
After the passing of her father, Pauli, who still went by Anna at that time, moved to Durham, North Carolina to live with her aunt Pauline Fitzgerald and her grandparents Robert and Cornelia Fitzgerald. Yes, those Fitzgeralds - the Fitzgerald family of brick business and Black Wall Street. Her grandfather Robert was actually the brother who had the idea for the brick business that ended up garnering his brother Richard Burton Fitzgerald the acclaim, success and money.
Did you feel that?
Something incrediBULL just happened right here in Durham, North Carolina. Today a little girl and her family opened up a book. Not just any book. She opened up the 1 millionth book that Book Harvest has put in a child’s hands.
1 million books given to children in a powerful impact statement and it all started with a community of friends, a dream of getting books to children and a bit of space in a garage.
Today’s press release shared how it all began. “I could never in my wildest dreams have imagined this day,” shared Book Harvest Founder and Executive Director Ginger Young. The organization began with a simple idea that Young shared with friends in 2011: as their children outgrew their books, they could bring them to her and she would make sure they got to new homes with children who would love them as much as their own children had. Young knew that book ownership was key to academic success for children, and she also knew that many children right in her own backyard didn’t have the overflowing home libraries that her own children had been privileged to grow up with.”
Book Harvest Communications and Events Manager Daniele Berman shared with us, “Ginger Young founded Book Harvest in her garage in 2011, and since then, our programs have been fueled by donations from people right here in our community -- with books going out and coming in from all over the state, but the majority right here in our hub of Durham.”
The Bulls of Durham living history book project began on August 2nd, 2016. Well over 100 Durhamites have been interviewed for the project, which intentionally reflects the beautiful spectrum of the diversity that makes the Bull City the best city. The entire purpose of The Bulls of Durham is to show Durham, North Carolina through the bulls’ eyes.
Apostrophe placement is important there.
Welcome to the Bull City a taste of what’s to come in The Bulls of Durham living history book when it launches in 2019. Not only does will it tide you over until the big book arrives, this mini book is arriving just in time for the holidays and at and adoraBULL 6”x6” it makes for perfect stocking stuffers. Priced at only $10 you can knock out your holiday list without breaking the bank. And what better gift than a warm welcome to the Bull City.
Get to know the folks that are moving and shaping the Bull City for the better – school teachers, politicians, activists, business owners, artists and more. And as an added bonus, discover that in these tense times you live in a city filled with genuinely kind-hearted, intelligent folks who want the best for everyone.
Each interviewee answered the same six questions. Each question was intentionally open-ended to allow the interviewees’ voice and perspective to shine through. While every answer was incrediBULL, unique and thought-provoking, there was one question to which every answer came out a ‘Welcome to Durham.’ Three words that can be said so many different ways. Stick around the city long enough and you’ll feel that in your bones.
What follows are just some of the incrediBULL interviewee answers to this question, “The Bulls of Durham living history book is done. Someone comes to visit you and this is their first time coming to the Bull City. Your signed copy of the book proudly displayed on your coffee table and you’ve got a page bookmarked – perhaps with an adoraBULL bull-shaped bookmark. They open up the book to your page and your words serve as their introduction to Durham. What is the ONE thing you want them know about Durham right off the bat? No pressure.”
“The Bulls of Durham” living history book is Durham’s book and Durham chose it’s very own as the cover artist for the book.
On August 2nd, 2018, the 2-year anniversary of the project, we launched “The Bulls of Durham” cover art contest – an equitaBULL opportunity for local artists to be a part of the project. We were blessed to receive a wide variety of visual art from a truly diverse group of artists.
Art has historically been part of the Bull City’s success and culture. It’s the magnet that draws folks to Durham and the wildfire that spreads the city’s innovation across the globe. From strategically placed fences with genius backstories to artwork that becomes its very own kind of pyramid scheme for 150 years, art has built the Bull into what it is today.
When we received 16 incrediBULL submissions for the cover art contest we were floored. Moreover, every member of The Bulls of Durham team was grateful we didn’t have to choose the cover art because all the submissions were so unBULLievaBULL it was impossiBULL to choose. Yes, that much bull.
The Durham community had no problem choosing a cover. When we opened up public voting on 9/19, by chance, so many votes flooded in that the notifications bricked up my phone until the following morning. We received over 3000 votes. Oh hey, Durham. We noticed you like art and speaking your mind.
"The Bulls of Durham" living history book is Durham's book - of Durham, for Durham.
In line with that we opened up a public cover art contest and were lucky enough to have 16 submissions that warranted moving onto the public voting. Public voting opened on September 19th and will run through October 5th at midnight. We've had well over 1000 votes. The Bull City population is notoriously last minute, get your favorite submission in the lead now before that final hour voting avalanche.
You're welcome to vote every day, from every email you have. We have an unbiased volunteer on deck tabulating the results, so get extra with it.
Before you cast your final vote, take a moment to get to know each of the Cover Art Contestants. Each contestant was asked to share their connection to Durham, explain their art and explain how it connects with "The Bulls of Durham" living history book. As this book will rep the city far years to come in front of thousands of eyes, it's important that the submission lines up with all the of the criteria and that, we, as a community choose the cover.
Below are each of the contestants submissions in order of their randomly assigned submission number.