Tell Them We Are Rising

Following the huge success of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (LIFF ’15) master filmmaker Stanley Nelson turns his eye to another branch of African American history: education. Denied formal schooling prior to the Civil War, freed slaves embraced higher learning at more than 100 Black colleges and universities that flourished in the century that followed. Nelson shows how these institutions cultivated generations of leaders in a vast array of areas – culminating in the Civil Rights movement – while redefining what it means to be black in America.

Q&A with producer Marco Williams

Director’s statement