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#SAYHERNAME Drive-in Vigil

July 26 @ 6:30 pm

Please join the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties in a peaceful remembrance of women who lost their lives to aggressive policing. The event will be held at 330 E. Main St. Durham. We will be practicing social distance protocols, please remember to keep six feet apart and wear a mask. The event will also be available via live stream on our social media channels for those who would like to attend virtually.

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Want to join the event virtually? This event will be streamed on the JLDOC Facebook and Instagram.

Event Program

NC Senator Natalie Murdock, League Member

Anthem: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” first verse
Ursula Littlejohn, League Member

Statement of the Occasion
Paige Smith, League President

Introduction of Speaker
Paige Smith, League President

A Mother’s Remarks
Honorable Brenda Howerton, Durham  Board of County Commissioners

Poem Reading
Logan Tice, League Member

In Memoriam: Lighting of Candles and Readings
A selection of stories of the women we are honoring will be read by members of the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties.

Moment of Silence
Towanda Williams, League Member

Closing Charge
Kimberly Williams, League Member

Postlude: “I’ll Rise Up” by Andra Day

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” first verse

James Weldon Johnson, J. Rosamond Johnson

Lift ev’ry voice and sing
‘Til earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list’ning skies
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun
Let us march on ’til victory is won

Commissioner Brenda Howerton

In 1986, Commissioner Brenda Howerton made Durham her home. She became a faithful member of Union Baptist Church, raised four children, two who graduated from Durham Public Schools, and she has three wonderful grandchildren.

Brenda Howerton was elected to the Durham County Board of Commissioners in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, 2016, and again in 2020.  Commissioner Howerton has served as Vice Chairman of the County Commissioner from 2012 until 2016. Presently in her third term, On August 12, 2017, Commissioner Howerton was sworn in as President of the North Carolina Association of Counties, representing 100 counties.

She comes to the post of County Commissioner after a distinguished career in public service. Commissioner Howerton has served as a human relations commissioner and elected soil and water supervisor in Durham County for six years. Prior to those appointments she served as the local NAACP Political Chair, Lead Community Organizer for Durham Congregation, Association and Neighborhoods.

She also is the recipient of the Human Relations Commission Award for commitment to inclusion from the Durham Human Relations Commission.

Brenda has never forgotten her farm life in Caswell county, North Carolina including the hard work, the social justice issues that were occurring then and those that are occurring now, and the life experiences that drove her to get involved in politics. It is these beliefs that drive her enthusiasm and passion to fight for people who feel that they do not have a voice today. Brenda believes that everyone deserves to be heard and she remains honored that she is a voice for her community.

There Are No Honest Poems About Dead Women

Audre Lorde

What do we want from each other
after we have told our stories
do we want
to be healed do we want
mossy quiet stealing over our scars
do we want
the powerful unfrightening sister
who will make the pain go away
mother’s voice in the hallway
you’ve done it right
the first time darling
you will never need
to do it again.

Thunder grumbles on the horizon
I buy time with another story
a pale blister of air
cadences of dead flesh
obscure the vowels.

The Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties extend appreciation to all those who have made this event possible.


July 26
6:30 pm


330 E. Main St. Durham or Livestream on our Social Media Channels