David A. Graham

David A. Graham is a staff writer at The Atlantic, and lives in Durham.


Roots & Grooves

For three decades, the tobacco town of Kinston was known as a hothouse for musical talent. Teachers and their students dazzled audiences with their jazz, swing, and R&B jams, giving rise to a new American sound: funk.


Decidedly Sylva: Innovation Brewing Company

A young, enterprising couple set their sights on a small town with big appeal. They built their taproom from the inside out, and, 32 brews later, it’s now a local hub.


Saving a Seat to Inspire Change

For Phil Freelon, the architect who designed the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, inspiration comes from the powerful stories behind ordinary objects.