The Vigilant Struggle Series

"When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail." 

Pearl S. Buck

About The Series

Mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, police brutality - there is no shortage of problems plaguing everyday Americans. Even with marches, protests, and other demonstrations, many of these issues continue to be overlooked by the mainstream media. For this reason, we've launched the Vigilant Struggle Series.

Through the series, we host screenings of films created to foster positive social change, coupled with panel discussions and other events designed to enhance community engagement.

Please see below for detailed info about our next scheduled screening.

Our Next Event


Revisiting NC's Justice Reinvestment Act

Passed in 2011, the NC Justice Reinvestment Act was designed to reduce mass incarceration in North Carolina. As it nears its 10th anniversary, the act has had various effects throughout the state, on both NC citizens and the criminal justice system.  

Join us for a special panel discussion about the act and its lasting impact at the next installment in our ongoing Vigilant Struggle Series.

About The Event

Saturday, January 25, 2020

10AM - 12PM

North Regional Library

221 Milton Road

Durham, NC 27712

Free Entrance

No Registration Required

Our Featured Panelists


Pierce Freelon

Robert Stephens

Pierce Freelon

Pierce Freelon is a professor, director, musician, Emmy Award-winning producer, and millennial politician running for North Carolina State Senate. 

Pierce earned a BA in African and African American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and an MA in Pan African Studies at Syracuse University. He's taught music, political science, and African American studies at both UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University. 

Pierce is the founder of Blackspace, a digital maker space in Durham, where young people learn about music, film, and coding. He's also the writer, composer, and co-director of an animated series called "History of White People in America," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival back-to-back in 2018 and 2019.

Born and raised in Durham, Pierce ran for mayor in 2017 on a platform of Community, Growth, Youth, and Love. 


Diana Powell

Robert Stephens

Pierce Freelon

An impassioned community activist, Diana Powell is the founder of Justice  Served NC, whose mission is to provide community-based alternatives to  the court system and create life-changing interventions.                                     


Robert Stephens

Robert Stephens

Robert Stephens

RobertStephens is the Director of Political Strategy and Advocacy  with the ACLU of North Carolina. In this role, he manages the organization's legislative and public policy divisions, criminal justice reform portfolio, emerging immigrants’ rights work, and a broad range of civil rights issues.

Prior to joining the ACLU of North Carolina in 2019, Robert was the  Director of Government Relations for the National Center for Learning  Disabilities. Before that, he cut his teeth in the legislative shop of Congressman John Lewis and as a teacher in Charlotte, NC. His passion  for electoral politics inspired him to work on the 2012 presidential  campaign and run for Durham City Council in 2015.