Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Directed by: Stanley Nelson


Total Runtime: 85 min

Country of Origin: United States

- Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival
- California Premiere

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“Reveals the crucial role of HBCUs not only in the identity of black Americans but in the nation as a whole. Amid setbacks and challenges, the cultural heritage that began with contraband schools is still thriving, still urgent.”

Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) spans 170 years of American history. This two-hour film and multi-platform project by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the pivotal role HBCUs have played in the ascent of African-Americans and their families, from slavery to the present day. The film also examines the impact HBCUs have had — and continue to have — on American history, culture, and national identity.