Bull City 150: Reckoning with Durham’s Past to Build a More Equitable Future is a project of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke. The primary goals of Bull City 150 are 1) creating a broadly shared understanding of critical lessons from Durham’s history and 2) leveraging history to expand and deepen community discussions about present inequality in the city.
Specifically, the project will undertake original historical research on the intersections of inequality in seven main areas: housing, education, employment, politics & voting, policing & criminal justice, health, and municipal services. Bull City 150 holds that the current landscape of inequality in Durham, North Carolina, cannot be understood—let alone reckoned with—without a more complex understanding of how the deep roots of inequality as took hold in this place we call home. History is a powerful tool we can use to make meaning, and the stories we tell each other impact the policies we create and the various ways in which we come together to address challenges in our community today.