Watch: Undergraduates Explore the Lives of North Carolina Activists

Students interview Allison Riggs, staff attorney for voting rights at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Photograph by Bruce Orenstein.

Students interview Allison Riggs, an attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Photograph by Bruce Orenstein.

Center for Documentary Studies visiting artist Bruce Orenstein teaches a class each semester in which undergraduates work with grassroots organizations in North Carolina to produce advocacy videos for social change. As part of the growing collaboration between Orenstein’s coursework and the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, this summer the Human Rights Center website featured some of the work undertaken by students in Orenstein’s Spring 2014 Video for Social Change class—interviews with North Carolina social activists, lawyer advocates, and labor leaders, and a short video on the history of Black Workers for Justice that incorporates clips from the interview with BWFJ founding member Angaza Laughinghouse. Visit the webpage here.

This semester, Orenstein’s students will interview low-wage workers, economists, and business and community leaders to produce a series of video and audio vignettes for a CDS traveling exhibit, Trying to Get By: Stories of North Carolina’s Low-Wage Workers in the New Economy.

Watch these videos from previous Video for Social Change classes:
The School-to-Prison Pipeline
Forward Together, Not One Step Back (voting rights)
Your Voice, Their Money (money and politics)

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