PBS NC Storming Caesars Palace

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March 7, 2023
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PBS North Carolina and RiverRun International Film Festival present a preview screening and virtual community conversation featuring Independent Lens: Storming Caesars Palace.

Following the film, join us for a discussion led by Kenia Thompson to discuss the social safety net, benefits for families, celebrating Ruby Duncan and Black women change makers and organizing for change—yesterday and today. You are invited to ask questions and engage with the panelists via the virtual chat.

This upcoming episode from the acclaimed PBS documentary series Independent Lens, Storming Caesars Palace, takes us to Clark County, Nevada and inside the life of Ruby Duncan, a single mom, who lost her job at a Vegas hotel, then led a grassroots movement of mothers who challenged presidents, the Vegas mob and everyday Americans to fight for a universal basic income and rethink their notions of the "welfare queen."

Discussion topics include social safety net, organizing for change and Ruby Duncan

Discussion moderator: Kenia Thompson, host, PBS NC's Black Issues Forum


La'Meshia Whittington, professor/principal/CEO, Whittington & Staley Consulting Group, LLC and executive director, The Green Majority

Yarneccia D. Dyson, Ph.D., MSW, professor and department head, North Carolina State University, School of Social Work

More about the film: Storming Caesars Palace After losing her job as a hotel worker in Las Vegas, Ruby Duncan co-founded a welfare rights group of ordinary mothers who defied notions of the “welfare queen.” In a fight for a universal basic income in 1969, Ruby and other equality activists took on the Nevada mob in organizing a massive protest that shut down Caesars Palace.

When and Where to Watch:

Storming Caesars Palace premieres Monday, March 20, at 10 PM (ET), on PBS NC. Watch or stream for free anytime online or on the PBS App.

Watch Independent Lens Mondays, at 10PM, on PBS NC, and stream any time online and or on the PBS Video app.

Many thanks to our event partner RiverRun International Film Festival.

This event was made possible in part with grant funds from ITVS/Independent Lens.

Accessibility Notice: American Sign Language interpreting services will be provided for the discussion.

Thanks again for joining us and supporting PBS North Carolina!

Video Descriptions

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120 minutes


  • Moderator Avatar

    Kenia Thompson is the host of PBS North Carolina's Black Issues Forum, airing Fridays at 7 PM. Kenia is also the owner of WordCrumbs where she aids clients in storytelling and serves as a leadership and public speaking coach.


  • Panelist Avatar
    Yarneccia Dyson, MSW, Ph.D


    Dr. Dyson has a Ph.D. in Social Work Policy, Planning and Administration and Social Science. Dr. Dyson is also a professor and the department head of the School of Social Work at North Carolina State University.

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    La'Meshia Whittington


    La'Meshia Whittington is the executive director of The Green Majority. Whittington is also an adjunct lecturer at North Carolina State University and an adjunct professor at Meredith College.

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