R. Kelly Bryant, 98, kept Durham’s African-American history alive–The News & Observer

The Political Agitator’s response: Did you know that R. Kelly Bryant was raised in Rocky Mount NC? Another historical moment.


Andre’ D Vann calls R. Kelly Bryant Jr. Durham’s griot, a West African word for someone who tells the story of the people in their community or tribe.

“There was not a matter of history that he wasn’t engaged in,” said Vann, N.C. Central University’s archivist.

Bryant, who helped tell the stories of thousands of prominent and lesser-known African American men and women, died Sunday at Duke Hospital after an extended illness. He was 98.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and a funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, both at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St. (Source: Read more)

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