Tell Them We Are Rising (Documentary)

Release Date: 2018  |  TV/Digital Movie  |  PBS

A documentary explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities have played in America.

Photo Credit: Allison Shelley

“Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities is a documentary and interactive project that explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in American history, culture, and national identity. Today, over half of all African American professionals are graduates of HBCUs. More than 50% of the nation’s African American public school teachers and 70% of African American dentists earned degrees at HBCUs. The film brings to a broad national audience for the first time the story of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of intolerance and injustice.” — iTVS

When to watch: Early 2018 on PBS’ Independent Lens.

Take action: The filmmakers are inviting HBCU students, alumni and friends to share their personal HBCU Rising story online via videos, photos and social media, and to submit photos and memories to appear in the HBCU Rising Yearbook — a crowd-sourced archive highlighting HBCU life from the first school’s founding to present day. Share photos here. 

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