Guide to the Video for Social Change Oral History Collection, 2014
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Video for Social Change was a documentary film course taught by Bruce Orenstein at the Center for Documentary Studies in the spring of 2014. The collection includes eight interviews, with North Carolina social justice activists James Andrews, Rukiya Dillahunt, Anita Earls, Angaza Laughinghouse, Dani Moore, Allison Riggs, Melinda Wiggins, and Mel Williams. The materials in the collection include camera footage in AVCHD format, edited master videos in MP4 format, transcripts, and releases for eight interviews.
- Collection Number
- Video for Social Change Oral History collection
- 0.5 Linear Feet, 1 hard drive (191GB) , 1 folder, 1 googledrive link
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
Video for Social Change was a documentary film course taught by Bruce Orenstein at the Center for Documentary Studies in the spring of 2014. Focusing on the production of advocacy videos for social change, the course introduced knowledge and skill sets needed to make effective videos for grassroots organizations, exploring how video is integrated into organizing strategies to achieve better results. Student projects consisted of video oral histories with social justice advocates in North Carolina, including James Andrews, Rukiya Dillahunt, Anita Earls, Angaza Laughinghouse, Dani Moore, Allison Riggs, Melinda Wiggins, and Mel Williams. The materials in the collection Include raw footage, edited projects, transcripts, and releases.
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[Identification of item], Video for Social Change Oral History Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The video interviews and accompanying transcripts were created digitally. You may view streaming copies of the edited video masters under each interview listed below. To access the original video resources and transcripts, contact Rubenstein Library Research Services.
President of the North Carolina state AFL CIO Federation, James Andrews grew up in segregated Warren County, North Carolina, and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds sustained during his service in the Vietnam War. Andrews discusses his career as a union organizer and his rise in the ranks of the AFL CIO. He also discusses the labor and the state of unions today and their future challenges. -- Description adapted from interview abstract (see Transcript).
Rukiya Dillahunt is a retired educator and active advocate. She grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and received her undergraduate degree from West Virginia State University. In this interview, Rukiya discusses her experience organizing with Black Workers for Justice, as well as her tenure as a teacher and assistant principal in the Wake County School System. She also provides insight about the school-to-prison pipeline and its implications for North Carolina’s youth. Rukiya is married to Ajamu Dillahunt, another prominent organizer and advocate. -- Description taken from interview abstract (see Transcript).
Civil rights attorney and Executive Director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Anita Earls grew up in a mixed race family in the 1960s. In this interview she discusses how her family background and the environment informed her career, and gives her perspective on issues surrounding voting rights in North Carolina and the nation. -- Description adapted from interview abstract (see Transcript).
Angaza Laughinghouse is a founder of the political organization Black Workers for Justice based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Laughinghouse first got involved in activism in New York where he grew up, before moving to North Carolina after hearing about the Charlotte Three and the Wilmington Ten. He began community and workplace organizing after the Greensboro Massacre. Black Workers for Justice came to be as a result of protests against unfair treatment of female workers at a K-Mart in Rocky Mount. The organization strives to empower workers to stand up for their own needs both in the workplace and in the community. They have also been active in political campaigns and have had members run for office. -- Description adapted from interview abstract (see Transcript).
Director of the Immigrant Rights Project at the North Carolina Justice Center, Dani Moore grew up in Tarboro, North Carolina, and earned a B.A. in Economics from Wake Forest University and a master's degree from Harvard Divinity School. In this oral history, she talks about growing up in a poor family in Tarboro, touching on interracial differences and their complicated relationships in her community and school. She also discusses her experiences with different organizations in social justice advocacy. -- Description adapted from interview abstract (see Transcript).
Allison Riggs is a staff attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice who focuses mainly on voting rights. Riggs grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia and received her undergraduate and graduate education from the University of Florida. In her interview, she discusses her current work on voting rights and issues surrounding redistricting, Section 5 of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 in the state of North Carolina, and the impact that Supreme Court cases regarding voting legislation have had on North Carolina and the country as a whole. She also discusses other problematic discriminatory occurrences in North Carolina, such as police discrimination and profiling, and the subsequent collateral damages that occur from these practices. -- Description adapted from interview abstract (see Transcript).
Executive director of the Durham, North Carolina-based Student Action with Farmworkers, Melinda Wiggins grew up in the Mississippi Delta. Melinda attend Millsaps College and later Duke Divinity School, where she explored different types of advocacy work before turning to farmworker rights. In this interview, Melinda reflects upon her own development as an activist, as well as the specifics of farmworker advocacy work in North Carolina and the South. -- Description adapted from interview abstract (see Transcript).
Reverend Mel Williams’s career began during the 1960s, shaped by the civil rights movement and his interest in fighting poverty in Durham, North Carolina. As a pastor of the Watts Street Baptist Church, Williams gathered together diverse communities to bring awareness to the city's poor. Reverend Williams’ work includes the Congregations Coalition, End Poverty Durham, the Walltown “Neighbor to Neighbor” mission, and the Coalition for Non-Violent Durham. In this interview, Williams shares his thoughts on his work, including inspirational moments and the spiritual sources inspiring him. -- Description adapted from interview abstract (see Transcript).
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Processed by: Craig Breaden, June 2014.
Accessions described in this finding aid: 2014-0095