Black August in the Park | Durham Central Park | Get Outside, Activism | Indy Week

Get Outside, Activism

Black August in the Park

When: Sun., Aug. 20, 3-8 p.m. 2017

p>It's getting hot this August. The conflicts between Durham's established communities and new money are being vividly illustrated by Batalá Durham's struggle to retain its legal right to practice in Durham Central Park, adjacent to the upscale Liberty Warehouse apartments. White supremacist terrorist acts in Charlottesville, Virginia, inspired local protesters to pull down a Confederate monument in front of Durham's old courthouse. This climate gives important context to Black August in the Park's mission: "To create an intergenerational opportunity for Black people in Durham to unapologetically celebrate blackness; interrupt white spaces by injecting a black presence in downtown Durham; and facilitate connections with social justice organizations." Reportedly drawing 3,600 people last year, the third outing of the family-friendly event features DJ SPK and DJ Complex, activities for kids sponsored by organizations like Blackspace, food from black-owned businesses, and more. —Brian Howe

Price: Free

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