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In September 2014, President Obama issued a challenge to cities, towns, counties and tribes across the country to become “MBK Communities.” This challenge represents a call to action for all members of our communities, and mayors in particular, as they often sit at the intersection of many of the vital forces and structural components needed to enact sustainable change through policy, programs, and partnerships.

"Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works – when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.” — President Barack Obama

History of Durham

Known as the City of Medicine Durham began as a railroad station in1853. As a result of agricultural and textile manufacturing Durham grew and prospered tremendously. In the early twentieth century, Parrish Street in Durham, North Carolina, became the hub of African American business activity. This four-block district was known as “Black Wall Street.” Today Durham continues to be a diverse place where individuals of the community work together solving social and community issues.