Durham's Black Wall Street:

Finding Freedom Through Entrepreneurship

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The Duke Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity is a scholarly collaborative engaged in the study of the causes and consequences of inequality and in the assessment and redesign of remedies for inequality and its adverse effects.

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About Us

Concerned with the economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of uneven and inequitable access to resources, opportunity and capabilities, Cook Center researchers take a cross-national comparative approach to the study of human difference and disparity.

Our Research

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The Cook Center organizes its research, programmatic and scholarship activities around our research domains: Class, Wealth, & Social Mobility, Education & Training, Employment, and Health & Well-being.

Our Programs

The Cook Center has several programs based on researching inequality in our communities and engaging scholars of all levels.