Trying to Get By: [Not] Making Ends Meet in North Carolina
The Juneteenth Community Empowerment Festival was held June 3-4, 2016, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Trying to Get By: [Not] Making Ends Meet in North Carolina, an exhibit sponsored by the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Center for Documentary Studies, was featured by the North Carolina Justice Center at the community-wide celebration on June 4, 2016. The traveling exhibit features video vignettes that document the struggles hardworking low-wage earners face in today’s low-wage service economy, including compelling on-camera testimonies from North Carolina’s home health care workers, early childhood educators, house cleaners, fast food workers, and adjunct professors. Curated by Duke University students from a selection of thirty-five student-produced videos, Trying to Get By: [Not] Making Ends Meet in North Carolina attaches a human face to today’s disquieting statistics about workers who lack paid vacations, health care, and paid leave, while being vulnerable to wage theft and management abuse.