Durham activist donating to archives

From Staff ReportsJuly 15, 2008 

— Lavonia Allison, longtime leader of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, is donating papers and memorabilia to the State Archives at a ceremony today at N.C. Central University.

Her donation includes Durham Committee records from the group's founding in 1935 to the present; some records of the N.C. Black Leadership Caucus; and political fliers, buttons and signs from various Democratic Party campaigns, among them Jesse Jackson's presidential runs of 1984 and 1988.

Lisbeth Evans, state secretary of cultural resources, said in a prepared statement that Allison's gift "marks an important way to strengthen the resources available for African-American history."

State archivists will copy the collection electronically and on microfilm and make the material available to researchers.

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