Durham has always been a significant leader in the Civil Rights movement and during the 1960s, that was no different. Not only was Durham known for its abundant Black culture but the city also played a large role in inspiring nonviolent protests across the nation.
On June 23, 1957, Reverend Douglas E. Moore and six other members of the Asbury Temple United Methodist Church challenged segregation — with ice cream. The Royal Seven (a nickname given to the group by newspapers) sat down at a booth at Royal Ice Cream Parlor and refused to leave. You see, until that day people of color were expected to go around back + order their ice cream to-go. The Royal Seven didn’t think that was right.
The Royal Seven were arrested and fined $10 each for trespassing. And although they may have lost at the trial, this was a win for the Civil Rights movement. The sit-in — the first civil rights demonstration in Durham to result in arrests — inspired others to question segregation + fight for racial equality. Nearly three years later, it even inspired the historic Woolworth’s sit-in in Greensboro.
The Royal Ice Cream Parlor was finally integrated in March 1963, allowing people of color to sit and order in the restaurant. Then in 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin illegal.
If you’re interested in learning more about Durham’s unique history, you can visit The Durham Civil Rights Heritage project — this online exhibit documents the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Durham through numerous contributors.
Which famous activist was a classmate of Reverend Douglas E. Moore?
Development ○ Longfellow has acquired a 20-acre property in RTP with the intention of turning it into 480,000 sqft of lab space + amenities. The ~$200 million project will be located next to Discovery at Perimeter Park campus at 510 Watkins Rd. Construction is set to begin later this year. 🏢 (Triangle Business Journal)
Biz ○ Starting tomorrow through March 10, only businesses with less than 20 employees are allowed to apply for forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program — a temporary change to previous program rules. For even more coverage on PPP loans, you can read our previous articles on the RALtoday website here + here. 💸(TechWire)
Civic ○ Wake County is seeking public input on three important aspects of the Wake Transit Plan (WTP) including its 10-year outlook, community engagement policies, and annual work plan. You can review the plan + provide your feedback here. 🚘
WaterCooler ○ Do you know any outstanding high school athletes?The News & Observer is now accepting athlete of the week nominations. Awarded individuals are considered some of the best high school players in the area; exemplifying sportsmanship, advanced skill + passion for their sport. You can vote here for this week’s athlete. 🏆
Cause ○ Raleigh-based brewing company Lonerider is partnering with local nonprofit InterAct for its first Brew It Forward release on Fri., Feb. 26. The beer, Not All Heroes Wear Crepes, is a pastry stout — a portion of the proceeds from this release will go to InterAct. 🍺
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TryThis ○ Due to popular demand, the drive-thru Dino Safari is extending its hours of operation. Originally slated to end Feb. 28, the attraction will now continue through March 7. Purchase tickets for the new dates here. 🦕 (Triangle on the Cheap)
Coronavirus ○ Individuals in the first wave of Group 3 — including teachers, child-care workers + school employees — are now able to request a COVID-19 vaccine. To be considered, essential frontline workers must also work in-person or anticipate returning to an in-person work setting. Those eligible under Group 3 can begin receiving the vaccine tomorrow, Feb. 24. 💉
Giveaway ○ Pelagic Beer & Wine is partnering with Salt and Cedar Flora on an Instagram giveaway for plant lovers. Today and tomorrow, Feb. 24, you can enter to win a giraffe-shaped planter with a peperomia watermelon. Click here for giveaway rules + details. 🌿
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Did you know that PBS NC offers at-home learning resources for students from pre-K through grade 12?
If you’re one of the many individuals who have had to adapt to remote or hybrid learning this past year, you may want to check out PBS NC (formerly UNC-TV) for weekly programs that help support teachers, students and families. The station offers tons of great resources including educational activities, presentations, and more — both online and on air.📚
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ForKids ○ Virtual STEMville: Scientist Block Party| Tues., Feb. 23 | 2–2:45 p.m. | Virtual | $20 | The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will be doing a science demonstration and answering any questions. This program is ideal for kids in grades 3–12. 🔬
Learn ○ Natural Sciences Classroom: So, What’s A Bacterium? | Tues., Feb. 23 | 11–11:45 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Participants will take a guided look at pictures, 3D models, and culture plates while learning bacteria’s basic functions + what makes them different from viruses. 🦠
Drink ○ Pint Night | Tues., Feb. 23 | 4 p.m..–10 p.m. | 900 E. Six Forks Rd. | Free | Pourworks is offering half-priced draft beers + growlers all day. 🍺
Arts ○ Melt and Pour Candles | Wed., Feb. 24 | 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Virtual | $15+ | An instructor at the NC Craft Center will lead a class on candle melting, pouring, and customizing. 🕯️
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The Line is central to the revitalization of Smoky Hollow, one of Downtown Raleigh’s most popular new neighborhoods | Photo provided
The Line — a new luxury apartment community located in downtown Raleigh’s Smoky Hollow neighborhood — is officially open. The best part? It’s located one block from Publix, and just a short walk to downtown shopping, restaurants + more.