Reading the World: Civil Rights in Durham, North Carolina | Duke Kunshan University

Reading the World: Civil Rights in Durham, North Carolina

Members of our DKU community are currently scattered all over the world because of the global pandemic. The promotion of a deeper mutual understanding of our personal histories is even more important in this moment. And, that’s exactly the intention of the Reading the World series.

In our next and the first online Reading the World session, we are delighted to invite Linda Daniel to be our speaker. Linda is a research and instruction librarian at Duke University Libraries. In the fall of 2014, she was the first interim library director of the DKU Library. Linda has returned to DKU several times as a visiting professor.

Linda grew up in Durham, NC, where Duke University is located, during a very important period of time in US history, the 1960s. She witnessed and lived through the drastic social changes in Durham brought by the civil rights movement. Linda will share her experiences and her recommended readings about that time. To bring more perspective to this topic, Linda’s husband, Michael O’Foghludha, will join the session as a guest speaker. Michael also lived in Durham in the 1960s and was one of the first white students to integrate a traditionally “black” high school, while Linda attended a “white” high school.

You are welcome to attend this event and ask questions that interest you about Duke, Durham, or the civil rights movement.

Time: Thursday, April 2nd, 8:00 – 9:00pm (Beijing Time), 8:00 – 9:00am (EDT)

Zoom Meeting Link and ID: and 262614540

Speaker: Linda Daniel, Research & Instruction Librarian, Duke University Libraries; Visiting Faculty, Duke Kunshan University; and Instructor, Duke University

Guest Speaker: Michael O’Foghludha, Superior Court Judge, State of North Carolina


Linda Daniel is the head librarian of the Social Sciences Section at Duke University Libraries. She received her BA in history from Duke University and her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Linda received an Angier B. Duke Scholarship at Duke University, the Order of the Longleaf Pine for her work with the State of North Carolina, and the Office of the President 2015 Meritorious Service Award from Duke University for her work at Duke Kunshan University. Linda was born, grew up, and attended public schools in Durham, NC.


Michael O’Foghludha serves as a Superior Court Judge for the State of North Carolina. Michael emigrated, in 1963, with his family from Ireland to the southern United States. In 1969, he was part of the first racially integrated class of students in Durham, North Carolina. Michael graduated from Duke University and the University Of North Carolina School of Law.


Recommended Readings:

  • Our Separate Ways: Women and the Black Freedom Movement in Durham, North Carolina, by Christina Greene
  • The best of enemies: race and redemption in the new South, by Osha Gray Davidson
  • Upbuilding Black Durham: gender, class and Black community development in the Jim Crow South, by Leslie Brown
  • Pauli Murray & Caroline Ware: forty years of letters in black and white, edited by Anne Firor Scott
  • The dream is freedom: Pauli Murray and American democratic faith, by Sarah Azaransky
  • Video: An Unlikely Friendship. Directed by Diane Bloom.

Read the e-books available at the library that Linda recommends: