I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rooks Family Foundation for hosting and awarding the Durham Education Awards this past weekend. This event was attended by approximately 300 people at NC Central University, and it brought together award recipients from Durham’s elementary and middle schools. Each principal provided an award to a deserving student as well as a worthy teacher from their schools. Awards were also offered for the best school bus driver and the best custodian in Durham Public Schools. Several honorees received awards known as the McKissick Awards which were named in honor of my family and our contributions to desegregating public schools here in Durham.
I was provided an opportunity to share with the audience the contributions which my mother, father, and sisters made in desegregating our public schools, and I even shared my experiences in desegregating our elementary and junior high schools.
I would like to thank the Rooks Family Foundation for hosting this fantastic event and for naming several of the awards in honor of my family.