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People are upset within Durham’s black community about a lack of leadership. Young, black leaders are present and visible in the community, but the older, more established black leaders of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People are resisting their assumption of leadership positions. Some younger leaders are said to be more concerned with growing their businesses and holding onto their jobs rather than fighting for the community. Others believe that the Durham Committee’s infighting and lack of a defined agenda embraced by the community are preventing younger leaders from joining the group.
Durham is becoming a national hotbed for spoken-word poetry. The Bull City Slam Team has been successful at national competitions and several festivals have been held in Durham to celebrate the genre. The history of slam poetry in the Triangle area and several area poets are recognized. The poetry has helped many through difficult struggles in their life and has attracted a church-like atmosphere for some.