Human Relations Commission
Greetings from the Durham Human Relations Commission,
In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 117, and to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina, the Durham Human Relations Commission will suspend our meetings and events beginning April 7, 2020 until further notice. The HRC Awards Ceremony will be postponed until further notice.
We will continue to update our response to this situation. More information on the latest state safety efforts can be found via North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services at ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus
John Rooks Jr. HRC – Chair
Pierce Freelon HRC – Vice-chair
- 7 p.m.
- 1st Tuesday of Each Month
- Golden Belt Office Center
807 E Main Street
Building 2, 3rd Floor Conference Room
Durham, NC, 27701.
The commission shall consist of 17 members. Sixteen members shall be appointed by
The recommended commission membership shall consist of six Black/African-Americans, six White/European Americans, two Hispanic/Latino Americans, and two members
Members serve without compensation.
(Listed by date of appointment)
- John Rooks, Jr., Commission Chair
- Pierce Freelon, Commission Vice Chair
- Sejal Zota
- Mikel Barton
- Nathan Plummer
- Jeffrey King
- Andrea Hudson
- Alexandra Valladares
- Thomas Cadwallader
- Joy Spencer
- Lana Dennis
- Jennifer Belle
- Amanda Smith
- Christina Crosby
- Erin Carson
- Darius Whitney
Throughout its existence, the Durham Human Relations Commission has provided forums, workshops, conferences, 1-on-1 interventions, and other activities with 1 goal in mind: To improve human relations among the people of Durham. The commission has the following powers and duties in order to carry out the general intent and purpose of the ordinance:
- To act as a public forum in hearing complaints involving racial tension, to bring together the parties involved to discuss the facts and to assist in the resolution of such complaints.
- To receive complaints, via the Human Relations office, alleging discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status, or handicap. The department staff will investigate, mediate and conciliate all complaints.
- To develop an atmosphere conducive to the best possible human relations, to conduct studies, suggest areas of concern and recommend any action to the city council that the commission feels is necessary and may be lawfully taken to minimize areas of conflict and to promote harmonious relations.
- To provide open channels of useful communications among the various racial, religious, ethnic and economic groups in the city and between those groups and the city council so that misunderstandings and wide differences leading to
conflictmay be ameliorated.
- To do research, obtain factual data, hold meetings with citizens and consider and recommend the best and fairest means of progressively improving human relations among all citizens of the city.
- To institute and conduct educational programs that promote fairness and courtesy in dealing with people of all racial, religious, ethnic, economic backgrounds and status and that promote equal treatment, equal opportunity and mutual understanding and respect for all citizens.
- To render at least annually a written report to the City Council.
- To promote equitable and proportionate representation of all traditionally
under-representedgroups on public boards and agencies in the city.