‘We Are Rising’

Tell Them We Are Rising, a documentary on the significance of black colleges and universities in the United States, will debut tonight (9 pm ET, but check local listings) on the PBS series Independent Lens. You can also stream it, starting tomorrow, February 20.

The film, covering “the rich history of black colleges from the days of slavery until present day,” is co-directed by Marco Williams, an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and professor at Northwestern University in Qatar, and Stanley Nelson, also an Emmy award-winning documentarian who has taught film production at Howard University and other schools.

“Black colleges are the engines of American democracy. These institutions, in the education of African Americans, activate what it means to be American,” said Williams. “I was invested in telling this story because I am committed to highlighting the fact that African American history is American history.”

Through the documentary, Williams and Nelson hope “to raise awareness on the crucial role of black colleges and universities, not only in the identity of black Americans but the formation of America’s modern education landscape and culture.”


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