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


Ending The School-To-Prison Pipeline

The school-to-prison pipeline is a nationwide phenomenon through which kids are routinely funneled out of public schools and into the criminal justice system. Fueled by implicit bias, "zero-tolerance policies", overpolicing, and other factors, this practice of criminalizing youth disproportionately targets minority children from underserved communities, resulting in higher rates of incarceration and disenfranchisement. Further compounding the problem is the fact that many of these same children have learning disabilities or suffered traumatic experiences, but rather than receive much needed educational and counseling assistance, they're isolated and penalized. 

Thankfully, numerous activists and politicians have successsfully worked to end the school-to-prison pipeline in recent years, and many of these efforts are captured in the film North Carolina's School-To-Prison Pipeline, by the Duke University Center For Documentary Studies. Join us for a free screening and panel discussion of the film at the next installment in our ongoing Vigilant Struggle Series on October 5, 2019, at the East Regional Library in Durham.

Learn more about our panelists below.

About The Event

Saturday, October 5, 2019

10AM - 12PM

East Regional Library

211 Lick Creek Lane

Durham, NC 27703

Free Entrance

Our Panelists

Rep. MaryAnn E. Black


Rep. MaryAnn E. Black was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the N.C. House of Representatives on February 15, 2017. She represents District 29 in Durham County and currently sits on the Appropriations, Appropriations—Health and Human Services, Aging, Health, and Pensions and Retirement Committees. 

Prior to becoming a legislator, Rep. Black worked for more than 30 years as a clinical social worker, providing professional services to Durham families. She also served as a Durham County Commissioner from 1990-2002, and she was the Chair for six years. 

Rep. Black is currently the Associate Vice President for Community Relations at Duke University Health System. In this role, she works to establish partnerships with the City of Durham, Durham County, and other agencies and organizations that support the health and human services needs of Durham’s citizens. Rep. Black has also initiated many strategies to enhance the Health System’s relationships across the diverse sectors of the community.

Jennifer Bordeaux


Jennifer Bordeaux currently serves as the Director of Public Relations for New Direction Family Law. With an educational and professional background in juvenile delinquency, Jen's focus has always been on family dynamics and encouraging healthy relationships. 

She received her bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University in 2007 and earned a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University in 2012.

Prior to attending a paralegal program, Jen worked with at-risk youth at the North Carolina Division of Juvenile Justice. During her graduate studies and work with at-risk youth, she developed an interest in the cause and prevention of domestic violence, particularly with how it has a multifaceted relationship effect. 

Following her stint as an adjunct juvenile justice and corrections instructor at ECU, Jen became a NC State Bar Certified Paralegal and realized her passion for educating and knowledge of family law can help empower those going through situations such as divorce and domestic violence to find resolution in change.