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Bull City 150 Project Receives Fair Housing Advocacy Award

April 9, 2018
mill village in Durham circa 1920

BullCity150, a project led by Sanford Professor Bob Korstad, was presented with a Fair Housing Advocacy Award at the Hayti Heritage Center on April 4.

Korstad, a professor of public policy and history, is the faculty director for Bull City 150. Sanford Associates in Research Melissa Norton and Kimber Heinz are part of the project team, along with Tim Stallmann, geographer/cartographer, and Tia Hall, community research director with Spirit House in Durham. 

The award recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding efforts in promoting fair housing with emphasis on the economic, social and/or political impact in the community, which has encouraged diversity and housing opportunities for all.  It is given by the Human Relations Commission and the Human Relations Division of the City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Department.

As Durham approaches its 2019 sesquicentennial, “The purpose of the Bull City 150 project is to undertake extensive community engagement with policymakers, nonprofit leaders, grassroots activists, and the Durham community to facilitate educational opportunities, deep dialogue, and a collective reckoning about how we got here, and what is needed to ensure a more equitable Durham in the future.”

Among the most visible parts of this ongoing project is a traveling exhibit, Uneven Ground: The Foundations of Housing Inequality in Durham, N.C. It is on display at City Hall Plaza for the month of April. (Watch a video here.)  The exhibit was displayed in Rubenstein Hall at the Sanford School in the fall of 2017.

The award ceremony coincides with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event featured special presentations to celebrate Dr. King’s life followed by awards to this year's honorees.

Bull City 150 is supported by the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity.