Remembering MaryAnn Black

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MaryAnn Black, a social worker, legislator, and member of the Healthy Durham 20/20 convening group, has passed away at age 76.

MaryAnn was one of the leaders who spearheaded the formation of Healthy Durham 20/20, part of a lifetime of service to the Durham community.

Learn more about MaryAnn’s career and accomplishments here.

Her passing has occasioned a flood of tributes from leaders and community members in Durham and across the state. We’ve collected some of them here.

Tributes to MaryAnn

“It is difficult to quantify MaryAnn’s significant contributions to our organization and to our community,” said Dr. A. Eugene Washington, Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University and President and CEO of the Duke University Health System, who is also one of the founders of Healthy Durham 20/20.

In a tweet, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper called MaryAnn a “strong, compassionate leader.”

Tweet from NC Governor Roy Cooper.

U.S. Congressman G.K. Butterfield was quoted in the Raleigh News & Observer saying: “MaryAnn Black was known throughout the city of Durham and the state of North Carolina for breaking barriers, setting high standards and fighting for the needs of the Durham community.”

“MaryAnn was a protective steward of our community,” said Dr. William J. Fulkerson, Jr., Executive Vice President for Duke University Health System.

North Carolina Representative Marcia Morey wrote on her Facebook page: “She gave her life to the people of Durham, Duke Health and her son, Jonathan. I will be forever grateful for her calming presence, wisdom and grace. She was a beautiful friend.”

Screen capture from Representative Marcia Morey’s Facebook page.

“She was a trailblazer,” said Durham Committee chair Omar Beasley in INDYWeek. “It’s a tough time right now altogether dealing with COVID-19—then we lose a pillar in this community.”

We at Healthy Durham 20/20 send our condolences to MaryAnn’s family and friends, and wish to express our gratitude for her vision and leadership.

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