In today’s Portrait in Black History, we recognize a Cleveland man who uses his own time and money to help others learn a skill.
For the past 60 years, Quinton Durham has been a carpenter. Back in 2005, he created the Durham Construction Trade Institute out of an old church gymnasium in Cleveland.
Durham feels there is a lack of opportunities for minorities to learn proper construction skills, so he started the trade school. “You can’t go out here asking these contractors to hire you when you don’t have any skills. Let’s put it like sports: If you wanted to get on the Cavaliers basketball team and you don’t know how to play basketball, they can’t use you; the same way with the contractors,” he said.
Durham does not charge tuition for the construction course which is held four times a week. He does require his students to have their own tools.
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