The killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd by police marked an eye-opening moment for many white Americans—myself included—whose privilege had allowed us to remain relatively untouched and unaware of the systemic racism intrinsically embedded in policing in this country. The protests that followed forced a renewed individual and social introspection and imperative to action. And they rightly demanded a roll call among organizations: clearly state support for Black people in America and the Black Lives Matter movement—or otherwise be viewed as complicit.
In helping to prepare our statement in support of protestors and the movement, I came across the Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project website created by the Durham County Library. The digital exhibit explored stories and photographs from key moments in the civil rights struggle that occurred here in Durham.
They were striking.