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The George H. White Bar

George Henry White

The George H. White Bar Association was organized in 1962. Although organized by and primarily comprised of African-American attorneys who reside or practice law in Durham County, this thriving, dynamic Association has extended its membership to encompass other ethnicities. Its members are dedicated to continuing the legacy and work of George Henry White as a spokesman for all. Its purpose is to enrich Durham County and the legal community through service, scholarship opportunities for high school and law school students, mentor programs, and resources to the local bar.

The organization hosts an Annual Scholarship and Recognition Banquet, at which scholarships are presented to North Carolina Central University Law School students, including the recipient of the C.C. “Buddy” Malone Scholarship for Trial Advocacy. Additionally, the Association will honor two members of the George H. White Bar for being trailblazers and providing years of service to the Durham Community.


The annual dues are $30. The fiscal year runs from January to December. A check may be made payable to the George H. White Bar Association and mailed to P. O. Box 955 Durham NC 27702.

The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm at a local restaurant. Each month the local restaurant is announced via the organization’s listserve.

Potential participants may also reach the group via its Facebook page:

President:              Nana Asante-Smith
Vice President:      Dorothy Hairston Mitchell
Secretary:              Abigail Holloway
Treasurer:              C’Destine Couch
Parliamentarian:    Whitney McCrea
Sergeant-at-Arms: Cameron Redd

Meetings will take place via Zoom and meeting credentials will be emailed to members in advance of each meeting. 

About George Henry White

WHITE, George Henry, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Rosindale, Bladen County, N.C., December 18, 1852; attended the public schools, and was graduated from Howard University, Washington, D.C., in 1877; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1879 and commenced practice in New Bern, N.C.; principal of the State Normal School of North Carolina; member of the State house of representatives in 1881; served in the State senate in 1885; solicitor and prosecuting attorney for the second judicial district of North Carolina 1886-1894; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1896 and 1900; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1901); was not a candidate for renomination in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in banking; died in Philadelphia, Pa., December 28, 1918; interment in Eden Cemetery.

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Print biography:
Justensen, Benjamin R. George Henry White: An Even Chance In The Race of Life. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 2001