Tell Them We Are Rising

TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities


A movie-discussion about the black colleges and universities presented by Fade to Black. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film director Stanley Nelson via Skype.


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

Official Selection:

  • 2017 Sundance Film Festival
  • 2017 Toronto Black Film Festival

Stanley Nelson – USA - 80’ – English with no Subtitles

A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries—and path of promise toward the American dream—Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for 150 years. For the first time ever, their story is told.

Tell Them We Are Rising is an unprecedented documentary film and interactive platform that captures the vibrant, moving and complex 150-year history of HBCUs. The documentary will use original material and accounts to tell an intimate story of Americans who would not be denied a higher education, demonstrating how HBCUs have influenced generations of Americans and shaped the landscape of the USA.

“To tell this important and complex story, it is essential that our documentary highlights personal accounts, letters, diaries, photographs, and even home movies of the people who have lived the HBCU experience” - Stanley Nelson

Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 7PM
Concordia University Theatre H110
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd W, Montreal (QC), H3G 1M8
$15 in advance ($20 at the door)

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