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DCABP Inc. “Trailblazer” Honoring Our Legacy

    Tribute to Cora Cole-McFadden

Cora Cole-McFadden is a Diversity Change Agent who is best known for improving opportunities for women and minorities. Born and raised in Durham, NC, Cole-McFadden was raised amid racial segregation which influenced her to be a high achiever.  After graduating high school, she earned a B.A. in Business Education and an M.A. in Counseling / Sociology from North Carolina Central University.

Cole-McFadden began her career working in social services, helping to determine eligibility for benefits and later providing counseling and protective services. Her career experiences also include working as a housing counselor, social worker, and foster care supervisor for Durham County Social Services. She took an available position as a Community Service supervisor before accepting the role as Director of Equal Opportunity / Equity Assurance with the City of Durham. Her role included overseeing Affirmative Action programs that enabled the city to hire more females in traditionally male-dominated roles.

She formed an employee-based Affirmative Action committee focused on female and minority recruitment solutions, along with developed pre-agility-test training programs that readied and improved outcomes for people resulting in more diverse departments. Cole-McFadden also led a business-focused program for women and minorities in addition to a committee to help persons with disabilities, and established the city’s first youth council.

As a public servant, Cole-McFadden’s impact permeates throughout the City of Durham. She served as Mayor Pro Tem and an elected member of the Durham City Council representing Ward 1 from 2001 to 2017. She served as the Chair of the Durham Community Martin Luther King Steering Committee and the Durham County Democratic Party, the First Vice Chair of the Durham branch of the NAACP, and the President of the Ebonettes Service Club. She also served on the Board of Directors for both the North Carolina League of Municipalities and the National League of Cities, as well as to serving on the Boards of Directors of the Durham Chapter of the North Carolina Symphony, the Volunteer Service Bureau, and the YWCA.

Cora Cole-McFadden dedication for ensuring mutual respect and equality has helped improve the lives of those in need, and left an indelible mark on the City of Durham.




Recognizing Our Future


Shannon Perry Smith, a Mental Health Counselor, is a two time graduate of North Carolina Central University. She offers many hours of counseling for her community. Shannon has established her own private practice in which she combats the effects of the black community's long disregard for mental illness. She also invests her time at NCCU counseling program assisting the student population.

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Our Legacy Prepared Us