Meet Wanda Boone, Durham’s social justice and resilience warrior / by Tenley Garrett

When Wanda Boone moved to Durham 47 years ago from a small town in New Jersey, she faced a social landscape painted by stark inequity and racial dissonance. Coming from Teaneck, New Jersey, where her social circle embodied ethnic and racial diversity, and discrimination was nearly non-existent in her immediate vicinity, Boone landed in Durham with somewhat of a jolt.

Wanda Boone sits outside of Refectory Cafe on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard on Friday, Feb. 23. As a long-standing member of the Durham community, Wanda's is a familiar face to many. At Refectory Cafe, she's well-known by both the staff and a number of the clientele. (Staff photo by Tenley Garrett)

Wanda Boone sits outside of Refectory Cafe on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard on Friday, Feb. 23. As a long-standing member of the Durham community, Wanda's is a familiar face to many. At Refectory Cafe, she's well-known by both the staff and a number of the clientele. (Staff photo by Tenley Garrett)