Ann Atwater (July 1, 1935 – June 20, 2016) was an American civil rights activist in Durham, North Carolina. Throughout her career she helped improve the quality of life in Durham through programs such as Operation Breakthrough (Durham, North Carolina), a community organization dedicated to fight the War on Poverty. Her life and friendship with C.P. Ellis, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, was the subject of a book, play, and feature film, The Best of Enemies.
Ann Atwater - Behind the Veil Interview
Click here to access part 2 of Ann Atwater's interview. Listen to 10:07-16:00 as she discusses her relationship with C.P. Ellis and the organization of the Durham Charrette in 1971. The Durham Charrette was a collection of white and African American Durham citizens brought together to ease tensions in the integration of schools.