Durham City Council member Vernetta Alston, left, told Immaculata Catholic School students in a statement during the Feb. 18, 2019 Council meeting that “I love my family and I love yours too, no matter what they look like.” Alston had been disinvited to speak to students during Black History Month by a priest, who later re-invited her.
Durham City Council member Vernetta Alston, left, told Immaculata Catholic School students in a statement during the Feb. 18, 2019 Council meeting that “I love my family and I love yours too, no matter what they look like.” Alston had been disinvited to speak to students during Black History Month by a priest, who later re-invited her. City of Durham photo
Durham City Council member Vernetta Alston, left, told Immaculata Catholic School students in a statement during the Feb. 18, 2019 Council meeting that “I love my family and I love yours too, no matter what they look like.” Alston had been disinvited to speak to students during Black History Month by a priest, who later re-invited her. City of Durham photo

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan has been covering Durham since 2006 and has received five North Carolina Press Association awards.