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Creative Arts Expression about Race

Durham youth are welcome to engage in the Unifying Community Voices (UCV) initiative, and assist with designing solutions as stakeholders through DCABP Inc's COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION™ forums and Creative Arts Expression about Race (CAE). Through CAE, area youth have a choice of genres to reflect and react to inter-generational conversations about Race and Social Justice issues emanating across the nation.  

Participants are encouraged to reflect and share your creative expressions (e.g., literary, visual arts) to be displayed via the DCABPI website, social media channels, and at local exhibition venues. Local authors, poets, playwrights, artists, musicians, rappers, photographers, and journalists will be available to assist you in developing your project, if needed. All UCV forums and youth artistic project sessions will be held via a virtual environment until further COVID-19 pandemic guidance is given by state and local officials.


Click on the preferred genre(s) below to submit your creative

All CAE submissions will be made via this webpage

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Title: Reaching to our Future
Submitted by:
Diavione Johnson

Title: Being Human
Submitted by:
Jateya Winston

Title: The Black Heroes - Black Panther x Storm
Submitted by:
Jordyn Graham


Title: I’m on my way
Submitted by:
Kameesha Pascoe

Well there’s 9 months and counting till I graduate high school.
There’s been some good years and bad but now I’ve reached the end.
I feel like a tireless mother working to provide and I don’t have kids.
I’m so stressed by everything and everyone.

There’s 9 months of school left. I ask myself how am I am going to
survive in a world that requires money everyday.
This poverty life comes with perks and some negative things.
The perks of it is, whatever you do will work in your favor.
But the negative aspect of being a poor individual is being unable
to provide on a consistent basis and needing the help of others.
Yeah I know everybody needs help from others but Not when I have
to contemplate whether the answer is no or never. 

There’s 9 months of school left. I’m a mother with you knowing it’s already hard for me to support myself, the question is....
How am I going to take care of the kid without financial support?
Well you see I may have to take out loans, grants and financial aid
for the beneficial purpose to support myself.

Look at me, what do you see?
Do you see a young African American woman being successful?
In reality some people say umm No!! We’re seen as criminals, slaves,
and housewives.
From the outside looking in, we’re given labels which cause emotional turmoil, and —- destructs our minds.

In reality, although we’re given labels and stereotyped, we still have the opportunity to succeed.
I choose to take my chance at success no matter what people think.
And in 9 months I’ll give birth to my dreams.


1949 - 2018

Harry Lee Davis was born in 1949 in Wilmington, NC. During his lifetime he succeeded in many endeavors, those of which and graduating from Williston High school in 1967 and later joining the U.S Army, 82nd Airborne Division along with becoming a military policeman in Fort Bragg, NC. In 1970 a fellow MP’s gun accidentally discharged and the bullet struck Harry under his collarbone, hitting his spine, which left him confined to a wheelchair. Harry did not let this tragic event define his lifestyle. Harry was a self taught artist whose artwork is influenced by Southern African American lifestyle and African thematic art.

To view more, See > Harry Davis Studio

Art by Harry Lee Davis


Dare Coulter is an African American artist whose main objective is to create works that cuts directly to the core of the human experience. Her artwork is meant to facilitate conversations about healing, feeling, and celebration. She uses specific color palates and subject matters to connect with the viewer, her main categories of work are, murals, sculptures, paintings and drawings.


Coulter currently does illustrations for Michelle Lanier’s “My N.C. from A to Z.” It is a children’s board where “Each letter of the alphabet introduces an African American person or place who shaped North Carolina’s arts, culture, and social-justice legacy”. Some of her work can be found exhibited in Greensboro, NC.

To view more, See > Dare Coulter Art

Art by Dare Coulter

Jaki Shelton Green

On Feb. 2, 2015, Jaki Shelton Green became the first African American and the third woman to serve as Poet Laureate for The State of North Carolina. As ambassador for poetry and the spoken word, she is a community arts advocate that has created and facilitated programs that serve various audiences and populations.


A native of Orange County, Green has been active in North Carolina’s literary and teaching community for more than 40 years. She has penned eight books of poetry, co-edited two poetry anthologies and written one play. She is a 2014 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee and was the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2003. Green currently teaches Documentary Poetry at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. Over the last 40 years, she has taught poetry and facilitated creative writing classes at public libraries, universities and community colleges, public and private schools and with literary organizations across the U.S.


Green’s numerous awards include the 2016 Kathryn H. Wallace Award for Artists in Community Service, through the Triangle Community Foundation, and a 2017 Duke University Faculty Travel Grant to the Alhambra Cultural Center International Prose Poem Symposium in Marrakech, Morocco. Her poetry has also been widely choreographed by dance companies including the Chuck Davis African American Dance Company in conjunction with the Kennedy Center and the Nasher Museum.


To view more, See > Jaki Shelton Green Poetry