Durham Black Educators' Network

Est. 2005 Durham Black Educators' Network (DBEN) is dedicated to optimizing and operationalizing educational experiences of DDSB students, educators and parents/community of  Durham's Black diaspora

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Our Goal, Vision & Commitment

Register & Help Make Change

Mentor, Participate, or Donate


2017 – 2018 was an exciting and successful year! 

2019!  New Year!  New, refreshed outlook on infinite possibilities!

We are excited about the possibilities as we continue to grow our signature events and develop new partnerships along the way.  We are actively growing our capacity as culturally responsive educators, through our ongoing involvement with the development of Black Studies Courses (secondary curriculum), and a variety of resources that will place culturally responsive content at the desk of every students.  With a deep belief that our students can BE and do anything, we celebrate the growth of our And Still We Rise leadership programming and conferences for elementary and secondary students.  Stay tuned for registration for And Still We Rise: Elementary Edition, our April 27 program for students in Grades 5 – 8, parents, educators, and community members.  We look forward to recognizing Black Excellence on May 9 through our Activating Student Success Awards Gala

Our interactive web presence, provides more opportunities for connecting to our initiatives and individuals within our network. 

Each One, Reach One…The Mentorship Connection

We are interested in getting to know educators, parents, and community members who are interested in giving back, and surrounding our next generation with the supports that will connect their potential with future pathways.  Visit our Mentorship page if you  are interested in becoming a DBEN Mentor or contact us 


our vision


Enhancing the engagement, empowerment, of our youth, parents, staff, and community members

Supporting our well-being and pursuit of excellence, while interrupting damaging narratives about black youth and black culture



Upcoming Events


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Empower, encourage and support black excellence of our students, educators and community 

Thank You to Our Supporters and Partners

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