“Tell Them We Are Rising”: UNCF Partners on Historic Documentary

The film will air nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens, on Monday, February 19

Directed by award-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities examines the impact HBCUs have on American history, culture, and national identity. The film airs nationally on the PBS series, Independent Lens.  (Check your local listings for dates and times, or stream the full documentary here.) UNCF has joined as a national partner to use the national television broadcast as an opportunity to elevate a national conversation on the impact and future of HBCUs.

Written, directed and produced by Nelson (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution) and produced by Firelight Films, Tell Them We Are Rising examines the impact HBCUs have had on American history, culture, and national identity for more than 150 years. The feature documentary is complimented by the #HBCURising campaign, a year-long multi-platform engagement project designed to drive dialogue sparked by the film among a variety of audiences. The 10-city HBCU campus tour began on November 14 at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, in partnership with public media station WYES. The campus events feature screenings of the film followed by panel discussions with Nelson, university leaders, prominent alumni, and other invited guests to talk about the important issues explored in the documentary

In many ways, historically black colleges and universities form the core of the African American community. The sacrifices made to create these institutions are significant, and are what compelled me to capture this essential chapter of American history.

Stanley Nelson, Director


Also see New York TImes' op-doc from Nelson, "Black Colleges in the Age of Trump"

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Visit the documentary site: www.hbcurising.com